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Dawgs take second in Marysville
Ceres High's varsity girls soccer team opened its 2008 campaign with a second-place finish at the Cal Spring Classic last week.

The Bulldogs won three of their four games in Flight 3 of the 30-team tournament that was moved from Cherry Island to Marysville because of poor weather. The bus trip lasted four hours, 40 minutes.

"It's a promising start to the season," Ceres assistant coach Randy Cerny said. "The girls had a good time."

Buhach Colony edged Ceres High 1-0 for the championship on Saturday.

The contest was shortened to two 20-minute halves because of 40-mile-per-hour winds and driving rain.

"They almost canceled the game and went straight to penalty kicks," Cerny said. "Neither team wanted to do that."

The Thunder broke a scoreless tie with a 20-yard free kick late in the first half.

Ceres' best chance to score came in the opening half when Caitlin Cerny fired a shot off the right post.

"It was a physical game," Randy said. "Our girls were in it every minute. They played well enough to win."

Sophomore Nichole Fitch made three saves in her varsity debut at goalkeeper for the Bulldogs.

Buhach Colony's goalie had four blocks.

On Saturday afternoon, Ceres shut out Woodland 2-0 in the semifinals

Cerny had one goal and an assist.

Marisela Torres scored once.

Renae VanCleave added one assist.

Fitch had four saves.

Caitlin put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0 with a left-footed 25-yard blast in the 23rd minute. VanCleave delivered the pass.

In the second half, Cerny sent a cornerkick into the box and Torres finished from 8 yards out.

Ceres defeated Enterprise 8-0 and Pioneer 2-0 on Friday.

Lizzy Flores, Caitlin Cerny, Cynthia Gonzalez and Erica Olide led the way against Enterprise.

Flores tallied two goals and two assists.

Cerny scored twice. Caitlin accounted for the Bulldogs' first goal of the season for the fourth straight year.

Gonzalez had two goals.

Olide totaled one goal and two assists.

Maria Ruiz, Kristyna Fitch and Nichole Fitch contributed one goal, one assist and one save, respectively.

Ceres beat Pioneer to improve to 2-0 at the tourney.

Cerny paced the Bulldogs with two goals, and Erica Olide and Esha Castle both had one assist.

Nichole Fitch totaled two saves.