Ceres High’s varsity girls soccer team won its second league title in program history this past week.
The Bulldogs annexed the Western Athletic Conference championship with a 9-0 win over Grace Davis on Feb. 12 in Modesto.
“Every sport at the school has a banner in the gym,” first-year head coach Danny Barragan said. “They’ll put the year we won league. I don’t want to say I expected this because that makes me sound overconfident. I thought it was possible. There was talent here already. It was just a matter of making it work.”
“We’re proud we accomplished something big for our school."Miranda Larranaga
“We’re proud we accomplished something big for our school,” senior offensive attacking midfielder Miranda Larranaga said.
The Bulldogs compiled a 17-0-1 overall record and had a 13-0-1 mark versus WAC competition during the regular season. “There’s more chemistry this year,” Barragan said. “The whole team is always together. That plays a big part when it comes to having success.”
“We’re with each other every day during the soccer season,” Larranaga said. “We all get along. It’s fun being a part of this team.”
Jackie Ruiz continued her scoring tear by tallying three goals and one assist again Grace Davis.
Freshman Kristina Corbin collected three goals.
Aaliyah Ruiz had one goal and three assists.
Janessa Prado had one goal.
Larranaga and Natalie Corbin both had one assist.
“They knew what the objective was,” Barragan said. “I did little coaching.”
Ceres High earned its sixth straight postseason berth.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs will face the No. 12 Merced Bears in the first round of the Division-III playoffs today at 6 in Ceres.
“I really feel we can get far,” Barragan said. “We can compete with the best teams in our division.”
“We have to stay humble, keep working hard and not let our accomplishment of being league champs get to our heads,” Larranaga said.