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Hawks 1, Dawgs 0 in soccer
Central Valley girls win crosstown battle
Ceres Highs Crystal Carrillo wins a 50-50 ball while competing against Carina Partida and Central Valley last week. The Hawks edged the Bulldogs 1-0 in WAC play on April 1. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School varsity girls soccer head coach Cyndi Meshach treated her players to Rico's Pizza following last week's 1-0 win over Ceres High.

The crosstown game was staged on a cold and rainy day at Bulldog Stadium on April 1.

"We were excited to play Ceres," Hawks head coach Cyndi Meshach said. "We're glad we won. We could have done better. Weather is an equalizer. We definitely play better on a bigger field and in nice weather. It suits our style well."

Central Valley improved to 3-3 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Ceres High dropped to 2-4 in the league standings.

Rocio Beltran scored her 11th goal of the season for the Hawks.

Beltran accounted for all three of her team's goals during Central Valley's 3-1 victory over visiting Pacheco on March 27.

"She's very physical and very fast," Meshach said.

Hawk goalkeeper Stephanie Lopez tallied four saves versus the Bulldogs.

Giselle Madrigal totaled nine saves for Ceres High.

"We really didn't play that bad," Bulldogs Miguel Saldate said. "We just made one mistake. That killed us. To be honest, I thought we were going to win even after they scored. It's very disappointing."

Beltran broke a scoreless tie with a goal 10 minutes into the second half. Madrigal tried to clear the ball. Rocio stepped in the way and was credited with scoring the game's lone goal.

"We pressured their defense in the second half and they made a mistake," Meshach said.

Ceres High's best scoring chance came midway through the first half.

Jacqueline Gonzalez got behind Central Valley's defense. Lopez made a play on the ball, which ricocheted off Gonzalez and nearly crossed the goal line. Defender Daisy Ochoa made a key save.

"The ball slowed down for whatever reason," Meshach said. "It would have gone in if Daisy had not gone back. We were shaky in the first half. We definitely picked it up in the second half. We had to work for it. The girls didn't quit. They should be proud of themselves."

Central Valley will host Ceres High on May 1 at 4 p.m.

The Hawks beat (1-0) and tied (1-1) the Bulldogs last year.

"It's soccer," Meshach said. "Anything can happen."

"We're going to continue to work hard," Saldate said. "It (the rematch) will be competitive."