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CVs Andrade claims conferences top individual award
Hawk Cyndi Meshach won the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award for the second consecutive season. CV placed first in the WAC standings. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

For the second consecutive season, Central Valley High School's varsity girls soccer program claimed two major awards during the Western Athletic Conference year-end coaches meeting.

Senior Evelyn Andrade was voted WAC Most Valuable Player.

"It's a goal I wanted to check off my list," she said. "It's bittersweet. I'm going to miss the routine of going to practice and playing games. I've been playing soccer since I was six years old."

Andrade followed in the footsteps of former Hawk teammate Emely Amaya, 2015 WAC MVP.

"We were teammates for two seasons," Evelyn said. "I really looked up to her. She helped me a lot transition from forward to midfielder. I wanted to play and try hard like her."

Central Valley's Cyndi Meshach was named WAC Coach of the Year.

"She definitely deserved it," Andrade said. "She helped us a lot. She pushed us to the max. She has a great attitude and makes people believe in themselves."

Andrade started at the varsity level her senior, junior and sophomore years.

"I was timid my freshman year," Andrade said. "She (Meshach) made me practice with the varsity girls. I wasn't at their level yet. She made the right decision moving me down. I wasn't as strong as the other players."

Central Valley's Mariana Garibay (So.), Nicole Munoz (Sr.) and Jocleyn Lopez (Fr.), and Ceres High's Karina Torrez (Sr.) and Breanna Moreno (Jr.) all earned first-team all-conference honors.

Central Valley's Abigail Martinez (Fr.), Mixtly Vega (Fr.) and Jacquelyn Sanchez (Fr.), and Ceres High's Cristina Arreola (Jr.) and Mariah Trevino (Fr.) were selected to the WAC Second Team.

Central Valley (11-1-0) and Ceres High (8-3-1) placed first and third, respectively, in the WAC standings.

Both teams qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

"We had really good team chemistry and were able to stay positive throughout the season," Andrade said.