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Hawks close out conference play with rivalry win
Head coach Cyndi Meshach pleaded with her players.

Alejandra Murillo and her Central Valley High School varsity girls soccer teammates didn't listen.

Meshach found herself at the bottom of a dog pile and soaking wet following Thursday night's 4-1 road win over cross-town rival Ceres High.

"I thought I was safe today because yesterday was brutal," said Meshach, who was covered with whipped cream and pelted with water balloons after blowing out the candle on her birthday cake at Wednesday's practice.

Central Valley beat Ceres High twice this year, winning by a combined score of 10-1.

Four different players scored for the Hawks during the second meeting, including Murillo, Evangelina Garcia, Anabel Vazquez and Carla Martinez.

Cassandra Martinez, Vicky Cajero and Stephanie Martinez starred on defense.

"We're all very satisfied," Murillo said.

The Bulldogs challenged the Hawks during the first half.

Central Valley took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when Carla Martinez managed to score from close-range despite being surrounded by defenders.

Ceres High's Emily Alvarez evened the score at 1-1 with less than 13 minutes to play in the opening half.

Vazquez dribbled past a Bulldog defender on her way to blasting a left-footed, 18-yard shot into the back of the net in the 35th minute.

"We knew they were going to come out hard," Murillo said. "They really wanted to beat us."

Garcia scored on a rebound and Murillo converted a 20-yard free kick in the second half for the Hawks.

"I really don't know what went wrong," Bulldog standout Erica Olide said. "We gave it our all. Last time, we quit."

Central Valley posted a 4-8-2 record on its way to a sixth-place finish in the VOL standings.

Ceres High took seventh at 3-11 in the eight-team conference.

"The object this year was for them to have a good time," Meshach said. "They're just a remarkable group of girls."

"It (senior season) went by really fast," said Murillo, who will try to join the Chico State women's soccer team as a walk-on player next year. "I wish it would have been longer."