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Central Valley girls finish second at Pitman tourney
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Jackie Sanchez uses her head against Merced at the Pitman Extreme Tournament Friday morning at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity girls soccer team fell one win shy of taking first in Group A at the Pitman Extreme Tournament this past week in Turlock.

The Hawks won three of four games en route to a runner-up finish in their five-team bracket.

"I'm really happy with their performance although we lost our first game," first-year head coach Maria Briones said. "That made them work harder."

Central Valley edged Hilmar 2-1 Saturday afternoon.

Jocelyn Lopez and Jackie Sanchez led the Hawks in scoring with one goal apiece.

Yesenia Bernal and Abigail Martinez both collected one assist.

Central Valley routed Linden 7-0 Saturday morning.

Mixtly Vega had two goals and one assist.

Sanchez and Daisy Larios contributed one goal and one assist each.

Lopez, Mariana Garibay and Rocio Villasenor all scored once.

Bernal and Amanda Calvo each had one assist.

Central Valley earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory during its battle with Modesto High Friday afternoon.

Lopez accounted for the game's lone goal.

Central Valley lost 2-0 to Merced Friday morning. The Bears snapped the Hawks' three-game winning streak.

"It's just one loss," Briones said. "We learned from it."

Central Valley (6-1) reeled off three straight victories after being shut out by Merced. "The girls have a winning mentality," Briones said. "It's contagious. We just have to work hard every single game regardless the opponent."