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Bulldogs exact revenge against Hawks in soccer
CHS girls win crosstown showdown
Jacqueline Ruiz and Ceres Highs varsity girls soccer team snapped crosstown-rival Central Valleys 17-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win on Saturday. - photo by Courier file photo

Ceres High's varsity girls soccer team handed crosstown-rival Central Valley its first loss of the season and in Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday.

The Bulldogs' 1-0 road victory snapped the Hawks' 17-game unbeaten streak.

"I'm so happy we won," Ceres High junior sweeper Edith Larranaga said. "We beat one of the best teams in the state. It's a great feeling."

The second-place Bulldogs improved to 8-2-3 overall and 4-1-1 in the WAC standings.

The first-place Hawks dropped to 15-1-2 and 6-1-0.

The top three teams qualify for the playoffs at the end of the regular season.

"This game was big," Larranaga said. "It determined if we stayed in second place. It's very stressful. There's so much pressure. We really want to make it to playoffs. We're not ready for this season to end."

Ceres High's Jacqueline Ruiz broke a scoreless tie midway through the first half when she blasted a 28-yard free kick past Central Valley goalkeeper Emely Lopez.

"It was the most beautiful shot," Larranaga said. "She hit it perfect. That goal really boosted our confidence."

Bulldog goalkeeper Siriana Gudino made 13 saves.

Lopez tallied three saves in defeat.

Joanna Torrez, Karina Estrada and Mariah Trevino all filled key roles on defense as Ceres High spoiled Central Valley's Senior Day this past weekend.

Hawk upperclassmen Marianna Garibay, Emely Lopez, Laiza Quintero and Guadalupe Gomez were honored before the game.

"I knew we were going to tie or win," Larranaga said. "I didn't expect us to lose. We've been working hard at practice. We've improved a lot since the last time. We're comfortable playing together now."

Edith and her younger sister Miranda also exacted revenge against their father.

Miguel Larranaga coaches Central Valley.

"It's really special beating him," Edith said. "We showed him we're as good as they are."

The Bulldogs avenged a 1-0 loss.

"We knew it was going to be competitive," said Miguel Larranaga, first-year leader of the Hawks. "It was pretty even the first time we played. I thought we were going to win again. We had a lot of scoring chances. We just couldn't finish. Ceres High did amazing today."

Ceres High did it again.

The Bulldogs dealt the Hawks their first loss of the 2017 WAC season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

"We lost to a very good coach and team today," Miguel Larranaga said. "The same thing happened last year. Maybe this is a wakeup call. The girls need to understand it's not going to be easy in the playoffs."

If Central Valley takes care of business against its final three opponents, the Hawks will claim their third straight WAC championship.

"They're very competitive," Miguel Larranaga said. "They don't like to lose. They want to win every match. That's the mentality you have to have."