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Dawgs begin soccer season
The Ceres High varsity boys soccer program accumulated one tie and two losses at the sixth Grace Davis Spartan Classic last week.

"For just practicing for a week, they didn't do bad at all," Bulldogs coach Ryan Cerny said. "There's some conditioning issues we have to take care of. It will all come together with time."

Los Banos eliminated Ceres High from the 18-team tournament on Saturday.

Competing without projected starters David Estrada, Sammy Oliveros and Luis Martinez, the shorthanded Bulldogs fell 3-1 to the Tigers. They didn't play due to previous commitments.

"Their presence was needed, but unfortunately, they weren't able to make the tournament," Cerny said. "I had to scramble to find guys to put in spots. I didn't really have my full starting lineup."

Homar Sanchez tallied the Bulldogs' lone goal. He converted a penalty kick in the second half.

Ceres trailed 2-0 at intermission.

"We didn't really have any offensive attack in that game at all," Cerny said. "It just felt like we weren't there to win."

On Friday, Ceres played against Oakdale and Johansen.

The Bulldogs and Mustangs battled to a 1-1 tie.

"I'm pretty happy about that outcome," Cerny said. "We frustrated them. They're not going to take us lightly in league."

Ceres' Alejandro Castro accounted for the game's first goal. He scored from 40 yard out in the second half.

"It was a beautiful goal," Cerny said.

Oakdale evened the score with seven minutes remaining.

"It was a questionable goal," Cerny said. "The guy was offsides and the referee didn't see it."

The Mustangs lost 1-0 to the Atwater Falcons in the championship game.

Poor finishing cost the Bulldogs in their 2-0 loss to the Vikings in the opening round.

Sanchez failed to capitalize twice after receiving perfect passes from the right side from Estrada in the first half. He misfired from close range.

"We should have destroyed Johansen," Cerny said.