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Earthquakes unbeaten in tournament play
Ceres 12s take first again
The Ceres Earthquakes FC Red under-12 competitive girls soccer team has placed first at two events this year. Ceres claimed titles in Morgan Hill and Redwood City.

The Ceres Earthquakes FC Red under-12 competitive girls soccer club kept its perfect record in tournament play intact last month.

Ceres has reeled off eight straight wins.

"I'm a little surprised," head coach Miguel Larranaga said. "Last year, we didn't win a tournament. It's the opposite now. We have a strong team."

Ceres improved to 12-5 on the year after compiling a perfect 4-0 record at the Poppy Jasper Cup, March 23-24, at Morgan Hill.

The Earthquakes edged the San Bruno Rumble 1-0 in the title game.

Edith Larranaga scored the winning goal.

Ceres also collected wins against the Peninsula FC Thunder (4-0), San Jose Earthquakes (3-0) and Spanish Springs Lady Jaguars (3-0).

The Earthquakes captured the U-12 championship at the Juventus II Torneo dei Presidenti, Feb. 16-17, in Redwood City.

Ceres topped the MVLA SC Tornado Green (5-0), San Bruno Lowen Rumble (4-0), San Ramon Avalanche (3-1) and Juventus SC Flash (1-0) at the round-robin event.

"I've played soccer my whole life," Miguel Larranaga said. "I never coached soccer until I took a recreational team in Ceres three years ago. We started at the very bottom. We keep getting better and better. We're having a good year. I'm just very proud of my girls."

The Earthquakes plan to compete in Manteca, Davis, Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz.

Ceres has an 18-player roster: Edith Larranaga, Miranda Larranaga, Siriana Gudino, Andrea Gonzalez, Abigail Martinez, Citlaly Salinas, Lysette Gamboa, Lourdes Medrano-Cortes, Isabella Gamboa, Sabina Aguayo, Elisabeth Valdez, Johana Barajas, Arianah Martinez, Ashley Mercado, Sarah Silva, Olivia Murray, Ashley Bolanos and Mia Diaz-Caporgno.

"We have a busy year coming up," coach Larranaga said. "We want to win every tournament. It's going to be hard. The main goal is to make sure these girls get college scholarships. That would be great."