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CHS boys squad compiles 5-1-0 record during preseason
Bulldogs will begin WAC competition next week
Ceres Highs Cesar Espinoza shields the ball from an Edison player at the Pitman Pride Cup. The Bulldogs collected five wins and just one loss during the preseason. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys soccer team posted a near-perfect 5-1-0 record during the preseason.

"The boys are working hard and doing what they're supposed to be doing," Bulldogs head coach Miguel Saldate said.

Ceres High shut out Beyer 4-0 on Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium.

Cristopher Torres paced the Bulldogs with two goals and one assist.

Cristian Cabrales and Ulises Diaz both collected one goal and one assist.

Alexis Hernandez dished out one assist.

Martin Reyes made two saves.

The Bulldogs had 11 shots on goal.

"I really liked the way they were playing," Saldate said. "They were touching the ball a lot."

Ceres High routed host Hilmar 10-1 on Sept. 2.

"It's not fair to the other team," Saldate said. "We tried not to run up the score. I played kids that normally don't play."

Michael Quintanilla led the Bulldogs with three goals and one assist.

Cabrales tallied three goals.

Torres collected one goal and four assists.

Osvaldo Carrillo, Rene Cortes and Adrian Covarrubias chipped in with one goal each.

Miguel Ortega, Bryan Quintanilla and Andres Velasquez contributed one assist apiece.

Martin Reyes and David Reyes split time at goalkeeper.
David made one save in the first half.

Martin was forced to make no saves after intermission thanks to Ceres High's dominant play on offense.

The Bulldogs built a commanding 6-0 lead in the opening half.

"We played a near-perfect game," Saldate said.

Ceres High will begin the Western Athletic Conference portion of its schedules with games against visiting Patterson on Sept. 15 and host Los Banos on Sept. 17.

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

Central Valley, Ceres High and Patterson qualified last year. "It would be disappointing if we didn't make it this season," Saldate said.