Unbeaten through its first five Western Athletic Conference games, Ceres High's varsity girls soccer team tasted defeat for the first time while losing 1-0 at Livingston on March 30.
The Bulldogs avoided a major letdown by beating Pacheco 5-1 on April 1 in Los Banos.
"I was a little nervous," Ceres High head coach Miguel Saldate said. "I didn't know what to expect. I'm pretty happy. We're still in first place."
The Bulldogs improved to 5-1-1 in the WAC standings.
Ceres High sophomore Jaden Dellafosse scored three times versus Pacheco.
Sophomore Breanna Moreno collected one goal and one assist.
Freshman Miranda Wilds added one goal.
Bulldog freshman goalie Angelmarie Coral made two saves.
Livingston snapped Ceres High's five-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win.
The third-place Wolves (4-2-1) tallied what proved to be the winning goal with 13 minutes left in the game.
"We had one mistake and that's how they scored on us," Saldate said.
Hawks secure split
Central Valley's varsity girls soccer team won one of its two conference games prior to spring break.
The 4-3 Hawks blanked Los Banos 9-0 on March 30 in Ceres.
"In a game like that, it's about giving everybody playing time," Central Valley leader Cyndi Meshach said. "You don't really coach."
Daisy Ochoa tallied a game-high three goals.
Victoria Castillo collected two goals and one assist.
Emely Amaya and Jaqueline Martinez chipped in with one goal and one assist each.
Evelyn Andrade and Alexis Marin both scored one goal.
Mariana Garibay dished out five assists.
Lupe Garcia had one assist.
Celest Lepe made two saves at goalkeeper.
Central Valley lost 3-2 to visiting Livingston on April 1.
Celeste Acebes and Laiza Quintero accounted for the Hawks' goals.
Garibay and Ochoa both had one assist.
Emely Lopez made five saves.
Central Valley squandered a 2-0 lead.
"We got ahead early and relaxed," Meshach said. "The sense of urgency disappeared."