By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Earthquakes qualify for West Regionals
Ceres 12s will travel to Hawaii
The Ceres Earthquakes advanced to the finals of the Cal North State Cup and finished first during Metro Section Championship league play. The team consists of: (front row, left to right), Izabella Dean, Alexandra Rivera, Yesenia Zuniga, Sarahi Contreras, Mixtly Vega, Jocelyn Rodriguez; (back row), Emely Lopez, Jacquelyn Sanchez, Mariana Garibay, Amanda Calvo, Supreet Turna, Jazzmyn Garcia and Aryanna Madrigal. Not pictured-Laiza Quintero.

The Ceres Earthquakes under-12 girls competitive girls soccer team has accomplished a lot this season

Ceres made history earlier this year when it qualified to participate in the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships.

The tourney will be staged in Hawaii this summer.

"In order to compete in this prestigious tournament, travel expenses, tournament fees and other equipment will need to be purchased," head coach Roger Sandoval said. "There is absolutely no way that this team can function without the help of parents and volunteers, but most of all sponsorships. In order for us to have the team concentrate on training for games and not worry about having the sufficient funds to compete, we would very much appreciate any donation you can provide. We are hoping to raise $20,000 and will appreciate any donation given."
Yesenia Zuniga, Alexandria Rivera, Supreet Turna, Jazzmyn Garcia, Aryanna Madrigal, Mariana Garibay, Sarahi Contreras, Mixtly Vega, Laiza Quintero, Jacquelyn Sanchez, Ana Contreras, Emely Lopez, Amanda Calvo, Izabella Dean and Jocelyn Rodriguez have helped lead the Earthquakes to a 13-4-4 overall record during the 2012-13 season.

Ceres has outscored its opponents, 33-13.

"We always expect to compete and go far in tournaments," said Sandoval, who was quick to point out that the same group of players won the 2011-12 Cal North Class-III Assocation Cup. "We put in a lot of work. They're dedicated. They don't stop. They play all year long. I've been very fortunate."

The Earthquakes earned the right to compete at Far West Regionals after advancing to the championship game of the Cal North State Cup in Elk Grove on March 10.

Ceres lost via penalty kicks to Redwood Palo Alto Blue in the finals.

The Earthquakes accumulated seven wins, three draws and no losses en route to a first-place finish during Cal North Soccer Metro Section Championship league play. The season started on Sept. 8 and ended on Nov. 24.

Ceres beat American River FC Freedom, Eureka Strikers and Roseville Fury twice.

The Earthquakes tied River City United FC Rebels twice.

Ceres defeated and tied Elk Grove Venom once.

The Far West Regional Championships will be staged, June 17-18.

Ceres' bracket will feature state champions from California, Hawaii, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Washington.

"I truly believe that this is a once in a lifetime event for this group of dedicated girls and a good chance to show that successful youth can also come from a small town like Ceres," Sandoval said. "We're committed to going. It's going to be pretty pricey."