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Dawgs earn playoff berth
Ceres High will close out WAC season against Central Valley
Dominique Koeurn and Ceres High will battle crosstown-rival Central Valley this Thursday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park. The game will begin at 3 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls soccer team will participate in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the third year in a row.

The Bulldogs secured a postseason berth with a 6-1 win over the Tigers of Patterson in Western Athletic Conference play on Feb. 7 in Ceres.

"We accomplished one of our goals," head coach Miguel Saldate said. "We wanted to finish first or second this year. We have good talent. We're ready to give it (playoffs) another shot."

Second-place Ceres High (9-4-0) compiled a 3-0 record against fourth-place Patterson (5-7-1) in 2017.

The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers, 12-1.

"It's hard to beat a team three times," Saldate said.

Ceres High's Miranda Wilds collected two goals during the third meeting.

Mariah Trevino had one goal and two assists.

Edith Larranaga, Breanna Moreno and Yanelli Rodriguez all scored once.

Angelmarie Coral (three saves) and Siriana Gudino (one save) split playing time at goalkeeper.

Ceres High lost 2-1 at Livingston on Monday.

"We had a lot of chances," Saldate said. "The ball just didn't go in."

Gudino totaled 16 saves.
"She's very competitive," Saldate said. "She's very smart. She's tall. She plays club soccer. That helps a lot."

Wilds accounted for the Bulldogs' lone goal.

Ceres High will close out the WAC season on the road this week.

The Bulldogs had a one-point lead over the third-place Wolves of Livingston in the conference standings as of Tuesday morning.

Ceres High will battle crosstown-rival/conference-champion Central Valley (12-0-1) at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park on Thursday.

The game will get underway at 3 p.m.

Ceres High's varsity boys soccer team dropped to 3-15-2 on the year and 2-9-2 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

The fifth-place Bulldogs lost 4-1 on the road to the first-place Wolves of Livingston on Monday.

Andrott Alvarez prevented the shutout with a goal in the second half.

Ceres High trailed 3-0 at intermission.

The Bulldogs mustered just six shots during the course of the game.

Ceres High converted just one of seven scoring chances during its 2-1 loss to fourth-place Patterson on Feb. 7 at Bulldog Stadium.

Bulldog Jay Gomes scored against the Tigers.

Ceres High will face crosstown-rival/third-place Central Valley (7-4-2) tomorrow at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The contest will begin at 3 p.m.