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Bulldogs battle for third place
Breanno Moreno and Ceres Highs varsity girls soccer team will play at Livingston today at 4 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls soccer team made history last spring by claiming its first conference title and second playoff berth.

The 2016 Bulldogs shut out Patterson 2-0 and kept their postseason hopes alive on Wednesday.

Miranda Wilds and Dominique Koeurn both scored one goal against the Tigers.

Breanna Moreno had one assist.

Angelmarie Coral tallied six saves at goalkeeper.

"We needed a win," Ceres High head coach Miguel Saldate said.

Third-place Ceres High (7-2-1, 22 points) and fourth-place Livingston (7-4-0, 21 points) are battling for the Western Athletic Conference's final playoff berth.

"To be honest with you, I am surprised to be in this positon," Saldate said. "The girls are upset because they know we could have done better. We won't finish higher than third place. We can still get to the playoffs. That's our goal now."

The Bulldogs will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs if they win one of their final two games or tie Livingston.

"Both games are going to be tough," Saldate said. "It's not going to be easy."

Ceres High edged Livingston 2-1 on April 11 at Bulldog Stadium.

"I'm hoping they respond," Saldate said. "There is a lot of pressure, more on the girls that were here last year. We're not playing as well as last year. We're struggling to score. We're not consistent."