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Hawks net blow-out
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Central Valley ended a three-game losing streak to crosstown rival Ceres High in varsity girls soccer on Tuesday, April 7.

The Hawks dominated possession throughout the Valley Oak League contest en route to a 6-0 shutout victory over the visiting Bulldogs.

"We're really happy that we won," Central Valley standout Alejandra Murillo said. "It's very satisfying. I thought it would be more competitive. It's usually a battle."

Lizette Covarrubias led the Hawks in scoring with two goals and one assist. Murillo scored twice. Anabel Vazquez tallied a goal and an assist. Simi Talawan chipped in with one goal. Carla Martinez added an assist.

Ceres High fell behind 1-0 early and never recovered.

"That first goal gave them more confidence," Bulldog senior striker Erica Olide said. "Instead of trying harder, we just stopped. We could have played with more heart. We failed as a team."

The Bulldogs raced to a 3-0 lead in the first half.

Murillo converted a penalty kick 2 minutes, 41 seconds into the game.

Covarrubias outraced two Ceres High players on her way to collecting a pass from Vazquez and finishing from 12 yards out with her right foot.

Anabel capped the opening-half scoring with a close-range goal.

Murillo, Talawan, Covarrubias and the Hawks showed no mercy in the second half.

Alejandra celebrated with her teammates after lofting a 20-yard free kick over a wall of Bulldog defenders and into the back of the net.

Simi blasted a 10-yard, right-footed shot past Ceres High goalkeeper Nichole Fitch.

Lizette put back her own miss.

"We played really well as a team today," Murillo said. "We finished."

Both teams warmed up for an hour in the rain prior to kickoff.

"When I walked into the locker room before the game, they were fired up," Meshach said. "We played smart, quick soccer. We were on their side of the field the whole time."

"It's a letdown, but we'll try harder next time," Olide said.

Hawks shut out Dawgs

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity girls soccer team defeated city-rival Ceres High 2-0 in conference play last week.

Kayla Meshach collected one goal and one assist. Elizabeth Amaya scored once. Alexiss Cervera picked up an assist.