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Hawks hammer Wildcats
Earthquakes win another championship
The Ceres Earthquakes 12-and-under travel girls soccer team compiled a near-perfect 3-1 record on its way to a first-place finish at the Stanford Summer Classic in Los Altos last month. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity football team faced little resistance in hammering host Waterford 56-0 in non-conference play last Friday.

"Offensively, it's the best game we've played this year," Hawks head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. "We put everything together."

Central Valley improved to 2-1 overall.

The Wildcats dropped to 0-3 on the season.

"That's one of our goals," said Goblirsch, whose team will be vying for the Western Athletic Conference title. "They were very close last year as freshmen, losing only one game in league. I just try to get them to do things right."

Wilbert Soriano, Gabriel Quezada and Jonathan Barragan all scored two rushing touchdowns for the Hawks.

Chase Winchester scored once on the ground.

Joshua Barrita returned a punt that he blocked for a TD.

The Wildcats never posed a threat.

Central Valley posted a shutout thanks in large part to the play of Barrita (defensive tackle), Angel Rico (linebacker) and Eugene Kondratyuk (cornerback).

"Defense has been our strong point," Goblirsch said. "We're really big, strong and physical. We're also smart."

The Ceres Earthquakes continued their hot streak.

The 12-and-under competitive girls soccer team won three of four games en route to a first-place finish at the Stanford Summer Classic in Los Altos this past month.

The Earthquakes captured the FC Elk Grove Sunstroke Classic title on Aug 3.

"I knew we'd have a strong group," head coach Adriana Ruiz said. "They're very talented. They just work really hard. They practice a lot, three days a week. They're very dedicated."

Ceres edged Sacramento United Extreme White 3-2 in the finals on Aug. 23.

Jackie Ruiz led the way with two goals.

Twin sister Aaliyah Ruiz scored once.

Jackie tallied three goals and Sydney Pike added one during the Earthquakes' 4-1 victory over North Valley Youth Soccer League-San Jose United earlier in the day.

Ceres won its first game, 4-1, versus Mountain View/Los Altos FC Lightning on Aug. 22.

Jackie and Aaliyah both scored twice to lead the Earthquakes.

Ceres lost 2-1 to the PAC San Jose Alphas.

Jackie Ruiz accounted for the Earthquakes' goal.

Ceres' defense allowed just five goals in four games.

Jennifer Duran, Daisy Duran, Alyssah Martinez, Angela Salazar and goalkeeper Leslie Sandoval earned praise from their head coach.

"They all did amazing," Adriana Ruiz said.