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CV looks to establish identity
Emmanuel Jimenez and Central Valley High Schools varsity boys soccer team battled to a 3-3 tie with visiting Merced on Sept. 1. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School varsity boys soccer head coach Omar Leon said his team has yet to establish its identity in 2015.

Leon made the comment after the Hawks collected four wins, four losses and two ties during the preseason.

Central Valley suffered just two losses throughout the entire 2014 campaign.

"This is the worst preseason we've had since I've been coaching at CV," Leon said. "We need to build some individual character and personality and grow as at team."

The Hawks compiled a 2-1 record while finishing second overall in Group B at the Sept. 4-5 Gregori tournament.

Sierra handed Central Valley a 2-0 loss in the opening round on Friday.

Hawk goalkeeper Enrique Garcia made nine saves.

Central Valley bounced back with a 2-1 victory against Beyer later in the day.

Angel Lopez accounted for both of the Hawks' goals.

Goalie Cristian Gonzalez totaled three saves.

Central Valley shut out Hughson 8-0 on Saturday.

Giovanni Avalos and Angel Aguilar led the way with two goals apiece.

Lopez, Gonzalez, Jose Yepez and Emmanuel Jimenez all scored once.

Gonzalez was forced to make just one save at goalkeeper thanks to the Hawks' dominant offensive attack.

Central Valley also competed against Modesto High and Merced last week.

Modesto High posted a 2-1 win over Central Valley on Thursday.

Osvaldo Yepez scored for the Hawks.

Gonzalez had six saves.

Central Valley and Merced battled to a 3-3 tie on Sept. 1.
Aguilar, Robert Perez and David Montanez contributed one goal each.

Gonzalez tallied six saves for Central Valley, which had to settle for a draw despite scoring the game's first goal.

"Not pleased with our performance at all," Leon said. "Teams that we used to beat with no problem are causing us a lot of damage. We're giving up cheap goals that cost us games. We still have a long ways to go as a team."

Central Valley's varsity boys soccer program has a rich tradition.

The Hawks will be vying for their ninth consecutive playoff berth this fall.

Central Valley won six straight conference titles from 2008-13.

The Hawks advanced to the section finals in 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009.