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CV shuts out GV
• Hawks postpone two of three conference games due to wet weather
Javier Villanueva and Central Valley’s varsity boys soccer team has posted eight shutouts this season. The Hawks topped the Golden Valley Cougars 3-0 in CCC play on Jan. 14. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s varsity boys soccer team was supposed to play three times last week.

The Hawks competed just once due to the wet weather.

“We had two games rescheduled because of the rain,” coach Omar Leon said. “The fields were soft, watery and muddy. It would have been dangerous for the kids to play on. It wouldn’t have been safe.”

Central Valley blanked host Golden Valley 3-0 in the rain on Jan. 14.

The Central California Conference contest was played on FieldTurf at Veteran’s Stadium in Merced.

“I’m very happy. We played well. We’re on the right track. We’re getting better.”
Coach Omar Leon

“I’m very happy,” Leon said. “We played well. We’re on the right track. We’re getting better.”

Hawk goalkeeper Erick Martinez had two saves against the Cougars.

He blocked a penalty kick at the end of the first half.

“If they would have scored, it would have been a totally different game,” Leon said. 

Gerardo Flores, Central Valley’s leading scorer, collected two goals and one assist.

Jesus Yepez added one goal and one assist.

Gilberto Flores tallied one assist.

“We’ve been more effective at finishing compared to preseason,” Leon said. 

The Hawks notched their eighth shutout of the year.

“Golden Valley has a really good team,” Leon said. “They had their chances. We prevented them from scoring.”

Central Valley improved to 10-2-3 overall and remained in second place in the CCC standings (3-1-0).

“I’m happy for the kids,” Leon said. “I’m not surprised. The motivation is there. It’s a team effort. It doesn’t matter who starts or comes in as a substitute. There is no drop off. We have a lot of consistency.”