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Dawgs claim consolation title
Ceres High varsity girls soccer player Caitlin Cerny arrived just in time for the start of the Central Valley Spring Bash consolation championship game last Saturday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The senior striker provided a much-needed boost by tallying a goal and the Bulldogs held on to defeat the host Hawks 1-0.

Cerny missed her team's first two games to attend orientation at Modesto Junior College.

"She went home real quick, changed and flew over here," Ceres High coach Ryan Cerny said. "I was hoping she'd be able to make it. We needed her. She's the biggest offensive threat we have."

Caitlin scored what proved to be the game-winner from close-range midway through the second half. She knocked in a loose ball

"We bunkered down after that," coach Cerny said.

Bulldog goalie Nichole Fitch tallied three saves.

"They really didn't test her," Ryan said.

Sweeper Cynthia Gonzalez dominated on defense.

"She had an outstanding game," coach Cerny said. "She was blocking shots, cutting passes off. It threw off their attack."

The crosstown contest was well-attended. The two teams will face each other two times in Valley Oak League play.

"It was a pretty intense atmosphere out there," Ryan said. "It was a fun game watch. You could tell both teams were fatigued."

Ceres High posted a 2-1 record at the eight-team event.

The Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 4-1 loss to eventual champion Merced in the morning.

Flores tallied Ceres High's goal. She cut through three defenders and fired a shot into the right corner of the net in the 17th minute.

Tied at 1-all, the Bears outscored the Bulldogs 3-0 the rest of the way.

Ceres High edged Orestimba 1-0 in the afternoon.

The Bulldogs scored the game-winning goal after intermission. Morgan Welsh delivered a cross pass to Esha Castle, who finished in impressive fashion with a side volley.

Ceres High was a late addition to the Central Valley tournament.

The shorthanded Bulldogs managed to shine. Caitlin suited up for just one game. Erica Olide (travel ball) and Leah Rose (ankle injury) didn't play at all.

"We did pretty good despite missing some key players," coach Cerny said.