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CV girls three-peat in conference soccer play
Hawks claim another WAC championship
Central Valleys varsity girls soccer program continued its winning tradition under new head coach Miguel Larranagas guidance this winter. The Hawks compiled a 18-1-2 record during the regular season. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley's varsity girls soccer program won its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference championship this past week.

"We knew what had to be done and did it," fourth-year starter Mariana Garibay said. "There really wasn't much pressure."

The Hawks closed out the WAC campaign with back-to-back road wins versus Patterson and Pacheco.

Central Valley improved to 18-1-2 on the season and compiled a 9-1-0 record in conference play.

"Preseason really prepared us for this year," Garibay said. "We played a lot of strong teams."

The Hawks defeated the Tigers 10-1 on Feb. 8 at Patterson Community Stadium.

Jocelyn Lopez scored a game-high four goals.

Abigail Martinez and Jackie Sanchez had three and two goals, respectively.

Mixtly Vega added one goal.

Central Valley shut out Pacheco 10-0 on Feb. 6.

Lopez netted six goals.

Citlali Salinas contributed two goals.

Vega and Emely Lopez finished with one goal apiece.

Central Valley has won WAC titles each of the past three seasons under the direction of different head coaches.

Miguel Larranaga's predecessors are Maria Briones and Cyndi Meshach.

The Hawks amassed a combined record of 57-6-3 under the trio's guidance.

"When I saw the number, I was shocked," Garibay said. "Hopefully, it (the success) continues."

Central Valley will host a first-round playoff game on Feb. 21.

The bracket will be released this Friday.

The Hawks will in all likelihood compete in Division II.

"Playoffs are unpredictable," Garibay said. "Every game is different. Hopefully, we get to the section finals. We just have to stay focused and work hard."