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CV soccer suffers second loss in WAC play
Hawks drop to 5-8-2 overall, 1-2-0 in league
Luis Madrigal and Central Valley suffered a frustrating 2-0 loss while playing host to Livingston last Wednesday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's tradition-rich varsity boys soccer program struggled to a 4-6-2 record during the preseason.

The Hawks had their 30-game unbeaten streak in Western Athletic Conference play snapped by Pacheco, a 2-1 winner, on Sept. 16.

On Wednesday, Central Valley lost 2-0 to visiting Livingston.

The Hawks collected two wins, no losses and two ties against the Wolves from 2013-14.

"We didn't play as a team today," Central Valley head coach Omar Leon said.

The Hawks dropped to 5-8-2 on the year and 1-2-0 in the WAC standings.

When asked what he could do to motivate his players, a frustrated Leon said: "Quit. I might as well go to the flea market and sell churros. At this point, there's nothing I can do. They have to find the motivation within themselves."

Central Valley goalkeeper Enrique Garcia made eight saves versus Livingston.

The Wolves scored twice on free kicks.

Angel Ramirez blasted a 30-yard shot into the upper-left corner of the goal in the first half.

Enrique Medina provided an insurance goal late in the game. Medina's 40-yard shot sailed into the penalty area. Garcia couldn't get a firm grip on the ball.

Central Valley suffered its last loss in WAC play during the 2012 season. Patterson won, 1-0.

"I just don't have an answer," Leon said while talking about his team's recent struggles. "If I did, I'd apply it right now."

The Hawks mustered just several scoring chances in the second half.

"We need to put the chances we have in the back of the net," Central Valley standout midfielder Angel Lopez said. "That's what wins games. We just need to prepare better. Hopefully, we turn things around."

Four teams from the WAC qualify for the postseason.

Central Valley won six consecutive league titles from 2008-13.

The Hawks are vying for their ninth straight playoff berth.

"The dynasty is not over," Lopez said. "We're going to keep fighting."