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Dawgs rout Patriots in non-league affair
Ceres High varsity boys soccer player Justin Breckenridge had a huge smile on his face as he trotted back to his defensive position after tallying a goal from 40 yards out early in the first half against Beyer.

"I was incredibly lucky," said Breckenridge, who celebrated his feat with teammates Aron Mejia and Fernando Garduno.

Homar Sanchez and Luis Martinez added goals in the 11th and 53rd minutes as the Bulldogs rolled to a 3-1 victory over the Patriots in non-conference play on Thursday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

"I think this is a good win," Ceres coach Ryan Cerny said. "It gives us some momentum going into league."

Breckenridge's goal came from the right side in the sixth minute of the game. The ball sailed over Beyer goalie Andrew Ball and into the upper-right corner of the net.

"A few times before that he sent some pretty good balls into the box from the same spot," Cerny said.

Sanchez made it 2-0 when he scored on a header. Alejandro Castro sent a cornerkick into the box from the left side.

Ceres took a 3-0 lead 13 minutes into the second half. Martinez collected David Estrada's thru pass and slotted a 10-yard shot past Beyer reserve goalie Matt Noakes and into the lower-right corner.

Ball prevented the shutout after changing positions. He headed in Bozidar Vukanci's right cornerkick in the 71st minute.

The Bulldogs dominated the game despite missing two starters: Uriel Hernandez (wisdom teeth) and Erik Orozco (pulled quad muscle).

Garduno (sweeper) and Aron Mejia (stopper) starred on defense.

Ceres goalies Kyle Cerny and Leo Olide combined for seven saves. Cerny, a sophomore, had four blocks in the opening half.

The Bulldogs had 14 shots on goal, four more than the Patriots.

"They looked good moving the ball around today," coach Cerny said. "They were creative."

Ceres opened its season with a tie and two losses at the Davis Spartan Classic.

"We've improved a lot since the tournament," Breckenridge said. "We did a lot of work at practice."

"We're a little out of shape right now," coach Cerny said. "By the time league starts, we'll be game fit. We got some very talented players."