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CHS boys soccer squad opens WAC play with dominant performances
Bulldogs defeat Wolves, Raiders
Bulldog Alexis Hernandez uses his head versus the Wolves. Ceres High had its way with visiting Livingston, 5-0, last Thursday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys soccer team enjoyed an impressive start to the Western Athletic Conference season last week.

The Bulldogs beat Livingston and Central Catholic by a combined score of 14-1.

"We're only two games into the season," head coach Javier Mercado said. "We got to get better. We just got to keep working hard."

Ceres High shut out Livingston 5-0 on Thursday at Bulldog Stadium.

"I expected them to be better," Mercado said.

Cris Torres collected two goals and one assist against the Wolves (0-2).

Freshman Adrian Espinoza had one goal and one assist.

Tomas Rocha and Emmanuel Toledo had one goal each.

Cristian Cabrales and Cesar Espinoza both dished out one assist.

Nicolas Martinez totaled five saves.

The Bulldogs led 3-0 at the break.

The Bulldogs defeated the Raiders 9-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Central Catholic.

Torres tallied three goals and two assists.

Rocha had two goals.

Cabrales had three assists and one goal.

Toledo, Adrian Espinoza and Andres Velasquez all had one goal.

Cesar Espinoza had two assists.

Moises Rocha had one assist.

Nicolas Martinez had five saves.

"I do worry about that," Mercado said when asked if the early-season success might lead to complacency. "I want to make sure we stay focused on each game."

The top three teams in the WAC advance to the postseason.

Ceres High is vying for its fifth straight playoff berth.

"The attitude of the guys is different this year," Mercado said. "They're more focused and disciplined. The chemistry is better. We're faster. I'll be disappointed if we don't make the playoffs. I'm sure everybody feels the same way. They want to win the section title."

Ceres High will play at Patterson tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.