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Bulldog, Hawk soccer standouts garner recognition
Trio earns first-team all-WAC accolades
Central Valleys Rocio Beltran was selected to the Western Athletic Conference Second Team. The senior forward led the Hawks in scoring. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Major contributors in varsity girls soccer, Ceres High's Arcelia Hermosillo and Gisselle Madrigal, and Central Valley's Emely Amaya, Rocio Beltran and Evelyn Andrade were recognized in a vote by the league's coaches following the conclusion of the 2014 Western Athletic Conference season.

Arcelia and Gisselle, two of the Bulldogs' team captains, graduated this past week.

"We'll miss them next year," Bulldogs head coach Miguel Saldate said.

Hermosillo, Madrigal and Amaya earned first-team, all-conference accolades.

Arcelia was a three-year contributor at the varsity level. The standout midfielder also excelled in the classroom. A model student-athlete, Hermosillo will continue her education at UC Berkeley. She had a cumulative GPA of 4.537 at Ceres High. She was class valedictorian.

"She could do everything," Saldate said. "She's a very smart player. She was one of our leaders, too. She helped the younger players when they moved to varsity."

Madrigal, a four-year varsity player, totaled 98 saves and allowed 18 goals while starting in place of 2013 Ceres High grad Dayana Delgado.

Gisselle contributed at midfielder as a junior.

"This was her first year playing goalie in high school," Saldate said. "I couldn't put her on the field because we had no second goalie. She was pretty comfortable playing back there. She did an awesome job. Every game, she was doing better."

Amaya, a junior midfielder, garnered first-team all-league recognition for the second year in a row. Emely was one of Central Valley's team captains.

Beltran (Sr.) and Andrade (So.) were selected to the WAC Second Team.

Rocio scored a team-leading 10 goals and dished out three assists at forward during her final season with the Hawks.

Andrade, a sophomore, started at midfielder.

The Hawks (5-5-2) and Bulldogs (4-6-2) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the WAC standings.