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CV wins crosstown soccer showdown
Central Valley High School's junior-varsity boys soccer team edged Ceres High 1-0 in the championship game of the Gregori tournament on Sept. 11.

The crosstown rivals faced off for the first time in Western Athletic Conference play last week.

The Hawks escaped with a 3-1 victory on Monday, Oct. 4 at Bulldog Stadium.

Central Valley thwarted Ceres High's comeback attempt with a goal late in the second half.

"The rivalry is pretty intense," Hawks defensive center midfielder Ozzie Ramos said.

Central Valley dominated possession on its way to building a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Alex Vazquez finished from 15 yards away in the 15th minute.

Ramos scored on a header in the 25th minute.

"Holding the ball was really important," Ozzie said.

Midway through the second half, Ceres High cut the deficit to 2-1 when Alfredo Arana scored from 20 yards out on a right-footed volley shot.

Fernando Hermosillo helped Central Valley secure the victory. He fired a close-range shot past Bulldog goalkeeper Abel Reyes with five minutes to play.

"We just knew we had to try more in order for us to secure the lead," Ramos said. "They have a good team but we kept our heads in the game."

There are several reasons the Hawks (16-0, 6-0) have yet to taste defeat this year.

"We have a lot of talent," Central Valley head coach Luis Casapia said. "That's one of the keys. And they practice hard."