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CHS boys soccer team back on winning
Bulldogs dominate Central Catholic
Ceres Highs Demetrius Ibarra uses his head against Central Catholic. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

A week removed from suffering its first loss in Western Athletic Conference play, Ceres High School's varsity boys soccer team bounced back in a big way.

The Bulldogs took their frustration out on Central Catholic, winning 5-0 on Thursday at Bulldog Stadium.

Ceres High lost 5-1 to crosstown-rival Central Valley on Oct. 3.

"They were looking forward to getting back on the field," Bulldogs head coach Javier Mercado said. "They were angry, especially the seniors. They've been practicing hard. They were ready for the game. I think it (losing to Central Valley) is going to make us better."

Ceres High improved to 11-3-0 overall and 7-1 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Cristopher Torres had a career-high four goals and one assist while starting at forward for the first time. The junior ranks first on the team in scoring.

"I'm surprised at how well he is doing," Mercado said. "He's gotten really better. He plays competitive soccer year-round. His speed and ball control really help him."

Joel Bhatti scored once.
Cristian Cabrales and Tomas Rocha each collected two assists.

Goalkeeper Nicolas Martinez made five saves.

The Bulldogs led 3-0 at intermission.

Torres accounted for Ceres High's first four goals. His third goal was scored in the 23rd minute.

"The midfielders did a good job getting him the ball," Mercado said.

Ceres High emptied its bench midway through the second half.

"I let everybody rest and get some playing time," Mercado said. "I hate doing that (running up the score). I have respect for the other team. We're more concerned about winning than anything."

Ceres High plays twice on the road this week.

The Bulldogs competed against Livingston on Tuesday.

Ceres High will travel to Los Banos on Thursday to face Pacheco.

"We still got a shot at the league title," Mercado said. "Any letdown, we won't be able to catch Central Valley. We have to take every team we play very seriously."