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Former Bulldog teammates reunite at MJC
Former Ceres High varsity girls soccer teammates Myrna Cadenas, Janneli Arreygue and Cynthia Gonzalez are back together again.

On Saturday, the trio contributed during Modesto Junior College's 3-2 victory over visiting Ohlone in the first round of the Northern California playoffs.

"Ceres girls have helped my program a lot over the years," Pirates head coach Steve Aristotelous said. "They come in and work hard. They're always there on time. They never miss practice."

Cynthia starred on defense against the Renegades. The freshman checked into the game midway through the first half and played the rest of the way.

Gonzalez received Big 8 Conference defensive player of the week honors earlier this season after shutting down Cosumnes River's and Sacramento City's top offensive players.

"I like Cynthia's toughness," Aristotelous said. "She's not afraid to mix it up."

Gonzalez seriously thought about hanging up her cleats prior to the 2008 season.

"I actually didn't want to play after high school," she said. "I just wanted to focus on school and work. But I couldn't give it up."

Arreygue and Cadenas split time at outside right midfielder last week.

Janneli and Myrna started the first and second halves, respectively.

Cadenas has scored twice and dished out one assist this year.

"She's my favorite player of every kid I've had," Aristotelous said. "She does everything exceptionally well and is a very positive person. I have a lot of respect for her. She'll definitely be missed."

Janneli also garnered praise from her coach.

"She's a very intelligent player," he said. "She's got great ball skills and sees the field well."

With the win, the Pirates improved to 18-4-3 overall and extended their season.

While at Ceres High, Cadenas, Arreygue and Gonzalez helped the Bulldogs achieve a higher level of competitiveness from previous years.

But the all-league performers never got to experience a tremendous amount of team success.

"We worked hard in high school," Cadenas said. "We deserve to be a part of a program that does so well. It's overwhelming. We're not used to winning."

"It's different because we're used to being frustrated at the end of games," Arreygue added.

"I'm glad it's been a positive experience for them," Aristotelous stated. "They're having a good time."

Janneli and Myrna have spent the past six seasons together, including two at Modesto JC.

Cadenas, Arreygue and Gonzalez were teammates at Ceres High for three years prior to reuniting in 2008.

"We've done well together," said Myrna, who along with Janneli, plans to transfer to Fresno State in the near future.

Gonzalez narrowed her list of potential colleges down to three: Sacramento State, Fresno State and San Diego State.