Central Valley’s varsity boys soccer program continued its tradition of excellence against league competition this winter.
The Hawks captured their second consecutive Central California Conference crown with a 5-0 victory over the El Capitan Gauchos on Feb. 11 in Merced.
Central Valley has won eight league titles in three different conferences during its 15-year history.
“We’re really happy,” senior goalkeeper Erick Martinez Stucchi said. “We accomplished something special. But that’s not our final goal. We hope to be that one team that gets him (coach Omar Leon) that blue (section championship) banner. It would mean the absolute world to him.”
The Hawks amassed a 17-3-3 overall record and placed first in the CCC standings with a 9-1-2 mark during the regular season.
“The chemistry on our team has been very strong. Soccer practices are really fun. But when it’s time to push each other, we know how to take it seriously. We hold each other accountable.”Martinez Stucchi
“The chemistry on our team has been very strong,” Martinez Stucchi said. “Soccer practices are really fun. But when it’s time to push each other, we know how to take it seriously. We hold each other accountable.”
Leo Giovanni Ayala and Sebastian Castillo both collected one goal and one assist versus El Capitan.
Joel Arellano and Isaac Juarez both chipped in with one goal apiece.
Martinez Stucchi had one assist.
The Hawks will participate in the playoffs for the 12th time.
“Central Valley very rarely has an off-year,” Martinez Stucchi said
The Hawks were awarded the No. 2 seed for Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II bracket.
Central Valley will play host to Lincoln of Lincoln in the opening round this week.
The Hawks have an all-time record of 0-6 in the finals.
“The pressure is there,” Martinez Stucchi said. “We have a good team. We just have to play to our abilities and nobody can stop us. All we have to do is win four more games and we’re section champs.”