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For the second straight year, Central Valley High School advanced to the finals of the Timberwolves Cup varsity boys soccer tournament.

This time, the Hawks didn't have to settle for runner-up honors as they posted a 2-0 victory over Stagg on Saturday at Sierra High School.

Larry Hernandez and Javier Molina accounted for Central Valley's goals.

"We totally dominated the game," head coach Omar Leon said.

The Hawks totaled three wins and one draw at the eight-team event.

Central Valley beat Valley Oak League rivals East Union (3-1) and Sierra (7-1), and tied defending San Joaquin Athletic Association champion Franklin (1-1).

"We used the tournament as an experiment to see what we needed to improve in," Leon said. "To me, what really matters is the team concept. Defensively, we did real well. We only allowed two goals, including one PK."

The Hawks won the title with a revamped lineup. Central Valley returned several starters from a team that qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in its second year of existence last season after finishing in second place in the VOL standings with a 9-2-1.

"All of the kids really wanted to do good," Leon said. "They put everything together throughout the tournament. They impressed me. We got a solid group of players."

Central Valley's championship trophy will be displayed inside the school's front office this week. Players also received medals for their outstanding play.

"I'm very proud of them," Leon said. "They played together as a team."