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Dawgs, Knights tie in soccer
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Senior striker Lucero Villasenor helped the Ceres High varsity girls soccer team salvage a 2-2 tie with Downey on Thursday in Modesto.

Villasenor scored twice for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-4-1 overall, 1-1-1 in the Modesto Metro Conference.

Sara Hannah tallied two goals for the Knights, who fell to 0-2-3 overall, 0-1-2 in the MMC standings.

"We should have beat them," said Ceres coach Randy Cerny. "I think we had a better team."

Ceres overcame a 2-0 deficit.

"We totally stopped them in the second half after those first-half miscues," Cerny said. "We just didn't have enough time to put it away."

Brittany Randle, Cynthia Gonzalez and Yessenia Medina led the way.

Randle hadn't played all season. The senior was granted medical clearance after test results revealed her cancer was in remission. Randle was diagnosed with leukemia last month.

"It's a different team when Brittany is on the field," Cerny said.

Gonzalez rested in the first half. Then asked to be put back into the game after intermission. The freshman had a 101-degree temperature earlier in the day.

"That kind of helped us out in the latter part of the second half," Cerny said.

Medina, Ceres' goalie, finished with 13 saves.

The Bulldogs scored their first goal 15 minutes into the second half. Villasenor dribbled into the box, juked right and booted the ball into the left side of the net.

"She faked Downey's goalie out," Cerny said.

In the 57th minute, Villasenor evened the score at 2-all. She converted a penalty kick after getting tripped in the box by a Downey defender.

Hannah gave the Knights a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. She scored on an 8-yard blast in the 17th minute. The ball rolled between Medina's legs. In the 22nd minute, Hannah scored from 10 yards out off a throw in. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier