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Dawgs earn conference soccer honors
Ceres High's varsity boys soccer team finished in the top half of the Valley Oak League standings thanks in large part to the stellar play of David Estrada, Jose Meza, Aron Mejia, Kyle Cerny, Nicholas Hansen and Eleazer Padilla.

The six Bulldogs were rewarded for outstanding individual seasons as voted on by the conference's coaches earlier this month.

"They deserved it," coach Randy Cerny said.

Estrada and Meza made the All-VOL first team.

David collected first-team honors for the second year in a row. The sophomore forward led the Bulldogs with 11 goals and seven assists.

"He just brings a lot of enthusiasm and great love of the game to the field whether it be at practice or games," Cerny said.

Meza, a junior midfielder, tallied four assists and two goals. The first-year varsity player was one of Ceres High's three team captains, an honor bestowed upon him halfway through the season.

"For him to have that type of season was a welcome surprise," Cerny said. "We really didn't know anything about him at all."

Mejia, Ceres High's tri-captain, earned second-team, all-VOL honors. The junior sweeper played much bigger than his size (5 feet 5 inches, 135 pounds).

"He played with so much courage," Cerny said. "He was fearless."

Cerny, Hansen and Padilla earned honorable-mention accolades.

Cerny, a sophomore goalie, tallied 98 saves.

Hansen, a junior utility player, had two goals and three assists. Nicholas will return to his homeland of Denmark following the 2007-08 school year.

Padilla, a junior, contributed at left fullback.

Ceres High placed fourth in league with a 5-7-2 record.

The Bulldogs held their end-of-year banquet on Nov. 13 at Ceres High's student center.

Top honors went to Aron Mejia, Jose Meza, Eleazer Padilla, Leo Olide and Nick Hansen.

Mejia and Meza shared the Most Valuable Player award.

Padilla was named the recipient of the Most Improved Player award.

Olide, a senior reserve goalie and defender, received the Most Inspirational award.

Hansen earned the Coach's award.