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Hawks claim soccer title in Manteca
CV boys win all four of their games at Sierra tourney
Central Valleys varsity boys soccer team improved to 7-1 on the year after finishing in first place at the Sierra Tournament. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley's varsity boys soccer team continued its run of dominance during the preseason.

The Hawks posted a 4-0 record on their way to finishing in first place at Sierra's 12-team tournament this past week in Manteca.

Central Valley took second at the Pitman Pride Cup in Turlock the previous week.

"We have good chemistry," head coach Omar Leon said. "That's what's making a difference."

Central Valley edged Enochs 1-0 in the championship game under heavy downpour on Saturday.

"We beat a very good team," Leon said.

Isaac Juarez scored the game's only goal in the opening 10 minutes of the first half.

Jonathan Garcia assisted.

Iban Vera tallied five saves at goalkeeper.

The Hawks beat the Eagles despite playing a man down the final 10 minutes due to a red card.

"We were able to pull it off," Leon said. "We stuck to our game plan."

Central Valley beat Vacaville 2-1 in the semifinals on Saturday.

Juarez led the Hawks with two goals.

Jacob Guerrero and Angel Lopez each had one assist.

Central Valley shut out Merced 4-0 in the second round on Friday.

Juarez, Lopez, Gerardo Flores and David Montanez all scored once for the Hawks.

Garcia, Erik Espindola and Michael Vazquez chipped in with one assist each.

Central Valley won its first game, 3-0, versus Waterford on Friday.

Flores and Vazquez finished with one goal and one assist apiece.

Andres Velasquez scored once.

Montanez had one assist.

Juarez (top scorer) and Vera (best goalie) took home trophies for their outstanding individual play.

Central Valley, 7-1 as of Monday, will close its preseason at Golden Valley this Friday in Merced.

The game will begin at 5:30 p.m.

"We're headed in the right direction," Leon said. "We still have a long ways to go. We still have to improve."