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Hawks clinch sixth straight soccer title
CV boys continue league dominance
Central Valleys Jaime Lua attacks on offense against Pacheco. The Hawks prevailed 5-1 and clinched the WAC title. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer team accomplished its first goal.

The Hawks clinched their sixth straight conference title with a 5-1 win over Pacheco on Thursday in Ceres.

"I give all the credit to the kids," Central Valley head coach Omar Leon said. "They earned it."

The Hawks won their 16th straight game, improved to 22-1-0 on the year and remained unbeaten in Western Athletic Conference play (10-0).

"It's an honor to coach such a talented group of kids," Leon said.

Central Valley standout midfielder Ozzie Ramos scored twice against the Panthers (5-4-0).

Anthony Calvo collected one goal and one assist.

Daniel Hernandez and Juan Medrano both tallied one goal.

Freshman Angel Lopez had one assist.
Alex Vazquez and David Saucedo made five and four saves, respectively, while logging playing time at goalkeeper.

Pacheco goalie Miguel Ortiz totaled 12 saves.

Edgar Iglesias accounted for the Panthers' lone goal.

Central Valley dominated Pacheco last week despite competing shorthanded. Omar Orozco, the state's top scorer, was sidelined with an undisclosed injury.

Lopez started in Orozco's place.

"Omar still wanted to play," Leon said. "I didn't let him. Angel did really well. I was surprised."

Central Valley edged Pacheco 3-2 in Los Banos on Oct. 1.

The Hawks had their way with the Panthers during the rematch.

"It was still competitive," Leon said. "They were putting pressure on our players. They have a really good soccer team."

The Hawks will achieve WAC perfection this week with wins over Ceres High and Central Catholic.

Central Valley defeated Ceres High 5-1 and Central Catholic 12-0 earlier this season.

"They're still hungry for winning," Leon said. "They don't settle for anything less. It gets pretty competitive at practices. Everyone wants to show what they got."

The Hawks will participate in the playoffs for the seventh year in a row.

Central Valley advanced to the section finals in 2012, 2010 and 2009. The Hawks want to make history this year by winning it all.

"That's as high as you can get in soccer," Leon said.

Dawgs place second in WAC
Ceres High's varsity boys soccer team fell behind 3-0 midway through the first half of last week's WAC clash with Patterson. Facing what appeared to be an improbable deficit, the Bulldogs stormed back and salvaged a 4-4 tie with the Tigers on Oct. 22 in Ceres.

"It's one of the best games I've seen them play this year," Ceres High head coach Javier Mercado said. "They never lost confidence."

The second-place Bulldogs (8-2-1, 25 points) are closing in on their fifth straight playoff berth.

If first-place Central Valley takes care of business, the Hawks (10-0-0, 30 points) will win their sixth consecutive league championship.

Ceres High and third-place Patterson (6-3-1, 19 points) are both trying to end CV's reign of dominance.

Bulldog junior Cristopher Torres netted his 17th, 18th and 19th goals of the season against the Tigers.

Ceres High teammate Tomas Rocha scored once.

The Bulldogs trailed 3-2 at halftime.

The Tigers tallied goals in the fourth, seventh and 20th minutes.

Torres swung momentum in Ceres High's favor by scoring in the 30th and 38th minutes.

"If we didn't score any goals in the first half, the game would have been over," Mercado said. "We kept our composure."

Rocha evened the score at 3-all 15 minutes into the second half.

Patterson grabbed a 4-3 lead in the 65th minute.

Torres, Ceres High's leading scorer, collected the tying goal with seven minutes to play.