By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
CV Hawks hopeful on soccer field
Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer program has accomplished a lot during its five-year history.

The Hawks won their third consecutive league title, qualified for the playoffs for the fourth year in a row and made a repeat appearance in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game this past season.

Central Valley's girls want to establish a winning tradition as well.

"Having our name on the flag in the gym like the boys would mean so much to us," senior defender/midfielder Alexiss Cervera said. "I want people to say the girls team at Central Valley is pretty good too. We want it just as much as them but haven't been able to take it as far."

The Hawks amassed a 12-42-4 record while competing in the Valley Oak League the past four seasons.

Central Valley, Ceres High and Los Banos relocated to the Western Athletic Conference this year as part of section realignment. They join existing members Central Catholic, Livingston and Patterson.

The Hawks welcome the fresh start.

"I'm totally excited for this season," Cervera said. "Moving down a division is going to benefit us because they don't know how we play. We'll be more competitive. If we stay focused, we can go far."

Central Valley's roster consists of 13 players.

Cervera, Elizabeth Amaya (Sr.), Andrea Arellano (Sr.), Lizette Covarrubias (Sr.), Kaelin Smith (Sr.), Alicia Yori (Sr.) and Simi Talawan (Sr.) are returners,

Michelle Hernandez (So.), Paola Leon (So.), Jasmine Martinez (So.), Kayla Meshach (Jr.) Alexis Ulloa (Jr.) and Jacqueline Vasquez (So.) are new to the team.

Four-year starter Anabel Vazquez was lost to graduation.

Alyssa Meshach and Vicky Ochoa, two major contributors from a season ago, decided to play softball.

"We have a lot of talented players," Cervera said.

Added Hawks head coach Cyndi Meshach: "I think we have more versatility."

The top three teams in the WAC qualify for playoffs.

Patterson won the league title a season ago.

Central Valley finished 4-15-3 on the year and tied for sixth in conference play (3-11-2) with Weston Ranch.

"It will be different," Cyndi Meshach. "We'll definitely be more competitive in this league. The VOL was tough."