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Hawks win WAC title, qualify for playoffs
Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer team posted its 11th shutout of the season last week.

The Hawks, No. 10 in the national MaxPreps Freeman Rankings, topped Central Catholic 5-0 on Wednesday in Ceres.

"The whole team played well," Central Valley star striker Daniel Ochoa said. "We practice all the time. That's what makes us a good team. And we have a great coach."

"It's an honor to be ranked that good considering our school is fairly new," Hawks head coach Omar Leon said. "The kids should be proud."

Omar Orozco scored a game-high two goals for Central Valley, which clinched its fourth-straight league title, secured a No. 1 seed for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs and remained unbeaten on the year (18-0-1, 10-0-1 WAC).

Ochoa tallied one goal, his 36th of the season, and dished out two assists.

Carlos Godoy collected one goal.

Juan Medrano had one assist.

Andres Cazares made 12 saves.

Ochoa, the Sac-Joaquin Section's second-leading scorer, passed up a chance to pad his stats after intermission.

He assisted on Benji Magana's goal in the 51st minute.

"I like to share too," Daniel said.

Central Valley's competed with a revamped lineup the past few weeks.

The Hawks lost several key players, including sophomore defensive midfielder Ozzie Ramos. Ramos moved to Mexico to pursue a career in professional soccer and continue his education.

Diego Duran and Daniel Hernandez both have increased roles on the team now.

Jairo Ramos, Ozzie's twin brother, was promoted from JV. He's contributed at forward.

"When one good player comes out, another good player steps in," Ochoa said. "We're all equal players."

Added Leon: "Our bench players can be starters at other schools."

Against Central Catholic, the Hawks showed mercy by not attacking late in the game. Central Valley played keep away, stringing together 12 consecutive passes during one possession.

The Hawks held a 4-0 lead at intermission.

"That's what I've been wanting them to do all season," Leon said. "We played a perfect first half."

Central Valley will close out the WAC season against crosstown-rival Ceres High on Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m.