Ceres High’s varsity boys soccer team kept its slim playoff hopes alive last week.
The Bulldogs moved to 5-4-4 overall and into fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings (3-1-4) after posting a 10-1 win over Lathrop and battling to a scoreless tie with Grace Davis.
The top three teams in the WAC will be awarded playoff berths at the end of the regular season.
“We can get there,” head coach Gilbert Zamora said. “The kids are more focused. They’ve been training hard. If we keep playing this way, we’re going to win more games. We’re not afraid to play the best teams.”
Ceres High defeated Lathrop 10-1 on Friday in Ceres.
“They played as a team,” Zamora said. “It was amazing.”
Andres Madriz led the Bulldogs in scoring with three goals.
Antonio Medina collected two goals and two assists.
Luis Yepez tallied two goals and one assist.
Hugo Mercado contributed two goals.
Hassiel Ruiz added one goal.
Victor Hurtado and Jose Garcia both had one assist.
Bulldog goalkeeper Oscar Mercado made one save.
Ceres High and Grace Davis tied 0-0 on Jan. 22 in Modesto.
The Bulldogs attempted 20 shots versus the Spartans.
“We had a lot of scoring chances,” Zamora said. “We just couldn’t finish. It was one of those days. They had a good defense.”
Mercado was forced to make just one save against Grace Davis.
“We played most of the game on their side of the field,” Zamora said. “Our goalie didn’t have any action.”
Ceres High will play at Beyer today and Johansen on Friday.
The Bulldogs tied both of those teams during the first half of the WAC season.
“We’re going to get tested this week,” Zamora said. “We’ll find out where we’re at.”