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Hawks stage impressive performance at Gregori tourney
Omar Leon, head coach of Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer program, praised all of his players following last week's title-clinching victory at the Gregori tournament.

"Everybody was motivated," he said. "They made the sacrifice to come out here instead of being with their families. It was a great team effort."

The Hawks won all four of their games.

Junior striker Daniel Ochoa starred on offense as he totaled five goals.

"Danny didn't score by himself," Leon said. "Other players are just as important."

Ochoa agreed.

"We have a lot of talent," he said. "One sub goes in and that doesn't affect anything. Everybody shares the ball. There ain't no selfishness. We play as a team."

Central Valley coasted to a 4-1 win over Golden Valley in the championship game on Saturday.

Ochoa scored twice.

Gerardo Cazares and Luis Rivas both had one goal.

Jose Ramirez chipped in with two assists.

"I'm pleased with the overall performance," Ochoa said. "Our coach pushed us. Everybody played great. We worked our butts off to get this."

Central Valley took home Nike and Select soccer balls instead of a trophy.

"We're going to sign one of them and display it in the cafeteria," Leon said.

Dawgs contine to improve

Ceres High School's varsity boys soccer team finished second in Group C at the Gregori tournament last week.

The Bulldogs compiled a 1-1-1 record.

"I saw a lot of improvement," Ceres High head coach Koeurn Phe said. "There's some chemistry now."

Antonio Jasso, who was recently promoted from JV, led the Bulldogs in scoring with three goals.

"I knew he was skilled but I didn't think he'd fit in right away," Phe said. "He surprised me with how well he played. It was pretty impressive."