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Hawks repeat as WAC soccer champs
JV girls post 9-0-1 record
Central Valleys junior-varsity girls soccer team placed first in the Western Athletic Conference for the second year in a row this winter. The Hawks collected nine wins, no losses and one tie. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley's junior-varsity girls soccer team won its second straight Western Athletic Conference title this winter.

"I'm really happy with how the season played out," Hawks head coach Orlando Barba said. "We all had the same goal."

Central Valley collected nine wins, no losses and one tie in WAC play.

The Hawks beat the crosstown-rival Ceres High Bulldogs twice (4-2, 3-1).

Central Valley edged visiting Patterson 3-2 on the final day of the season to secure the conference title

Anusha Kumar scored twice.

Yaira Contreras added one goal.

The Hawks tallied three straight goals after the Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead.

"We barely held on," said Barba, whose team tied Patterson 1-1 during the first meeting. "It was a nail biter."

Central Valley's 20-person roster featured a mix of returners and newcomers.

"This year's team was really hungry," Barba said. "I loved seeing that competitiveness."

Kumar, Contreras, Stephanie Juarez, Jasmine Magana, Leslie Alvarez, Arail Andrade, D'vette Farias, Claudia Gomez, Stephanie Leon, Vivian Reyes, Edith Amaya, Nadia Aranda, Kaitlyn Coupland, Abigail Garcia, Alexia Larios, Mia Macias, Marleth Michel, Italia Ornelas, Sadie Porras, Alondra Reyes and Harlene Reyes all contributed.

"I had the luxury of having a bunch of girls that I could always depend on," Barba said. "I had so much confidence in them."

Central Valley's JV boys soccer team captured its third consecutive conference crown in 2018.

Central Valley's varsity girls soccer team earned a three-peat versus WAC competition and secured its fourth straight playoff berth.

Central Valley's varsity boys soccer team qualified for the postseason as well.

"The soccer program at Central Valley is really good," Barba said. "My job is to keep that going."