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CV vying for first-ever league soccer title
Defender Nicole Munoz and the Hawks are enjoying their best season to date this spring. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls soccer team dominated Patterson again, winning the rematch on the road 4-0 on April 18.

The victory kept the second-place Hawks (7-1-0, 21 points) in the running for the Western Athletic Conference title.

First-place El Capitan (7-1-1, 22 points) had a one-point lead over Central Valley in the WAC standings as of Monday afternoon.

Central Valley, El Capitan, Ceres High (6-2-1, 19 points) and Livingston (6-3-0, 18 points) are all vying for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths as well. The top three teams in the conference advance to the postseason.

"If we don't take first, the girls will be more disappointed than I am," Hawks head coach Cyndi Meshach said. "I really want it for them."

Central Valley shut out Patterson 3-0 on March 16 in Ceres.

Laiza Diaz and Yesenia Zuniga both scored two goals to lead the Hawks during the second meeting.

Central Valley outscored Patterson 2-0 in the opening half.

"There was a lot of talking and ball work," Meshach said. "They played as a team. It was beautiful."

Central Valley will play at El Capitan today.

The Hawks lost 2-1 to the Gauchos earlier this season in Ceres.

"If we beat El Capitan, we have a cushion," Meshach said. "I think we can take them. They have a good team. They wanted it more last time. They played harder."