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Hawks finish third at Pitman Pride Cup
Central Valley posts 1-2-1 record in Group E
Angel Lopez, pictured left, helped lead Central Valley High Schools varsity boys soccer team to a third-place showing in Group E at the Pitman Pride Cup this past week. The Hawks collected one win, two losses and one tie. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Courier

Vying for its fifth consecutive title at the Pitman Pride Cup, Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer team compiled a 1-2-1 record en route to a third-place finish.

The Hawks competed in Group E, along with Galt, Whitney, Turlock and Kimball. "I asked to be placed in a difficult group," Central Valley head coach Omar Leon said. "Rather lose now than later. Three out of the five teams in our group are Division-I schools. We still have lots to improve on. We can only go up from here."

Cristian Gonzalez had eight saves during Saturday morning's 3-0 loss to eventual-champion Galt.

Central Valley and runner-up Whitney tied 1-1 earlier in the day.

The Hawks shut out the Jaguars of Kimball 3-0 on Friday.

Angel Aguilar collected two goals.

Emanuel Jimenez added one goal.

Enrique Garcia totaled five saves.

Central Valley dropped its tournament opener, 2-1, to fourth-place Turlock.

Robert Perez scored in defeat.

Cristian Gonzalez made eight saves.