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CV boys close out WAC campaign with rivalry win
Alexis Nava (16) and Ceres High had trouble keeping pace with Andres Velasquez (10) and Central Valley last week. Velasquez had one goal and three assists in the Hawks 6-0 win. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's and Ceres High's varsity boys soccer teams faced off for the 24th time this past week.
The Hawks rolled to a 6-0 win over the Bulldogs during Thursday's Western Athletic Conference season finale at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

"Ceres High was missing players," Central Valley head coach Omar Leon said when asked why the third meeting was so lopsided. "I'm sure that was a factor."

The Hawks improved to 17-6-3 on the season and finished third overall in the Western Athletic Conference (9-4-2).

Ceres High compiled a 3-17-2 overall record and placed fifth in the WAC standings (2-11-2).

"We already had third place locked up," Leon said. "We needed to create momentum going into playoffs. We had a very good game."

Andres Velasquez led the Hawks with one goal and three assists.

Angel Lopez collected one goal and two assists.

Jacob Guerrero, Gerardo Flores, Gilberto Flores and Iban Vera all scored once.

David Montanez had one assist.
Cristian Gonzalez totaled five saves at goalkeeper.

Central Valley dominated from start to finishing in shutting out Ceres High on Senior Day this past week.

Velasquez, Lopez, Guerrero, Vera, Montanez, Gonzalez, Adrian Calvo, Erick Espindola, Adrian Espinoza, Manuel Lazcano and Michael Vazquez were recognized in front of family members and friends prior to kickoff.

The Hawks improved their all-time record against the Bulldogs to 15-3-6.

Central Valley collected two wins (6-0, 2-0) and one tie (1-1) versus Ceres High this year.

Ceres High edged out Central Valley for the WAC's final playoff berth last winter.

The Hawks participated in the postseason the previous eight years in a row.

Central Valley also won six conference titles and advanced to the section finals four times.

"The objective was to improve on what we did last year," Leon said. "Everybody was committed and focused. We had good chemistry. Those are some of the main reasons we're back in playoffs."