Central Valley's varsity boys soccer team dropped out of the race for the Western Athletic Conference title this past week thanks to back-to-back losses.
"Everybody is disappointed," head coach Omar Leon said. "If we would have beat Pacheco and Patterson, we would have won league. It's very frustrating. But what can you do. If you don't finish, you're not going to win."
Central Valley lost 3-2 at Patterson on Feb. 8.
The Hawks never recovered after allowing three goals in the opening 40 minutes. "The first half was a total disaster," Leon said. "We created 10 scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes and didn't finish. We played much better in the second half. But it was too late."
Axel Bautista and Jesus Yepez both scored one goal for Central Valley, which handled Patterson 3-0 earlier this season.
"Our kids underestimated them because we beat them the first time," Leon said.
Pacheco blanked Central Valley 2-0 on Feb. 6 in Los Banos.
The Hawks erased a two-goal deficit in tying the Panthers 2-2 on Jan. 16 in Ceres.
"We've been having a hard time finishing up top," Leon said. "That's why we're losing."
Central Valley dropped to 10-6-6 on the year.
The Hawks posted a 5-3-2 record in conference play this winter.
Pacheco, Livingston, Central Valley and Patterson will represent the WAC in the playoffs.
"We have one of the most competitive leagues around," Leon said.
The Hawks will in all likelihood be placed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II bracket. Postseason matchups will be unveiled this Friday.
Central Valley lost 3-1 to Lincoln in the 2017 Division-III finals.