Ceres High’s varsity girls soccer team surprised its head coach again.
The Bulldogs had just 11 players in uniform during their wins against Grace Davis and Lathrop last week.
“It’s tough when you have no subs,” Miguel Saldate said. “But the girls play with heart every game. They don’t want to come off the field. They want to be there for the team and win.”
Ceres High (10-6-1, 6-2-0) earned six points and remained in second place in the WAC.
The top three teams in league advance to the playoffs.
First-place Beyer (8-0-0) has a six-point lead over the Bulldogs in the conference standings.
Ceres High, Johansen (5-2-1) and Lathrop (5-3-0) are battling for the final two spots.
Ceres High rolled to a 5-0 win versus host Grace Davis in the rain on Jan. 16 in Modesto.
“When you’re winning, you can’t complain (about the weather)."Miguel Saldate
“When you’re winning, you can’t complain (about the weather),” Saldate said.
Jacqueline Ruiz collected a team-high two goals for the Bulldogs.
Kalyani Hermosillo tallied one goal and one assist.
Mariah Trevino and Jennifer Duncan chipped in with one goal apiece.
Elena Arellano had one assist.
Bulldog goalkeeper Siriana Gudino made one save.
Grace Davis (2-6-0) dropped to sixth place in the WAC.
Ceres High edged Lathrop 2-1 on Jan. 14 at Bulldog Stadium.
“They girls played strong,” Saldate said. “They put in a lot of effort.”
Arellano and Hermosillo led the Bulldogs with one goal each.
Ruiz had one assist.
Gudino totaled seven saves.
“She’s been doing great,” Saldate said.
Arellano scored the winning goal with 15 minutes to play.
She finished from close-range.
Ceres High will travel to Modesto today to play Beyer. The game will begin at 3 p.m.
The Bulldogs lost 2-0 to the Patriots on Dec. 10.
“It’s going to be tough,” Saldate said. “We just got to play smart.”