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CV girls unbeaten in soccer
Abigail Martinez and Central Valleys varsity girls soccer team havent tasted defeat this winter. The Hawks improved their overall record to 14-0-2 last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Unbeaten through its first 14 games, Central Valley's varsity girls soccer team extended its streak to 16 in a row with shutout victories against Patterson and Pacheco in Western Athletic Conference play this past week.

"Hopefully, we can finish the last five regular-season games the same way," head coach Miguel Larranaga said.

The Hawks beat the Tigers and Panthers by a combined score of 9-0.

"Games like that give me an opportunity to play everybody," Larranaga said.

The Hawks improved to 14-0-2 overall and 5-0-0 in the WAC standings after blanking Patterson 4-0 on Thursday in Ceres.

"It would be very easy for any coach to manage this group because they have so much talent," Larranaga said. "They've been playing competitive soccer their whole lives. It makes a big difference. They got experience."

Central Valley had a host of contributors on offense as Jocelyn Lopez, Jackie Sanchez, Emily Lopez and Daniela Yepez all scored one goal.

Emely Lopez made two saves while logging playing time at goalkeeper.

Liliana Cruz had one save.

Yepez scored twice while leading Central Valley past Pacheco, 5-0, on Jan. 16 in Ceres.

Sanchez and Jocelyn Lopez and Mixtly Vega all had one goal.

Emely tallied four saves, while Liliana totaled three.

The Hawks are vying for their third consecutive WAC crown and fourth straight playoff berth this winter.

Central Valley will try to make history by winning its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

The Hawks have advanced to the quarterfinals the past two years.

"It's very competitive at practice," Larranaga said. "The starters don't want to lose their spots."

Central Valley climbed to No. 1 in the state and No. 12 in the nation in the Dec. 15 MaxPreps rankings.

"The girls are excited," Larranaga said. "They're getting noticed. We just try to be consistent in the way we play."

Central Valley will compete against WAC opponents Livingston and Ceres High this week.

The Hawks edged the Wolves and Bulldogs by identical 1-0 scores earlier this season.

Central Valley will play host to crosstown-rival Ceres High this Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

"Those two schools have good soccer programs," Larranaga said. "They're going to give us a good fight."