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Hawks' soccer team salvages 1-1 draw with Wolves
CV extends WAC unbeaten streak
Victor Yepez and Central Valley will compete against first-place Patterson today on the road at 6:30 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer team salvaged a 1-1 tie with host Livingston on Wednesday.

"I'm not going to make any excuses," Hawks head coach Omar Leon said. "Livingston is solid. They have a new coach. That makes them a stronger team. Next time we play them, it's at home. It will be a totally different game."

Central Valley moved to 9-1-4 overall and 2-0-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Wolves moved to 7-2-3 and 2-0-1.

Second-place Central Valley and Livingston trailed Patterson (4-0-0) in the WAC standings as of Monday morning.

"It's too early in the season to determine that," Leon said when asked if his team would claim its seventh consecutive league title, fifth in the WAC, this season. "Anything can still happen. The WAC has always been competitive. There's not a huge difference in talent. Most of the kids play year-round."

Central Valley's Angel Lopez scored against Livingston.

Hawk goalkeeper Ramon Ruiz totaled six saves.

Cesar Balderas accounted for Livingston's goal.

Wolf goalie David Solorio made 11 saves.

Lopez evened the score at 1-1 with a goal in the 52nd minute.

"We should have won," Leon said. "We had plenty of scoring opportunities. We still need to work on finishing. That's a problem."

The Hawks extended their unbeaten streak in WAC play to 19 games this past week. "I'm not worried about that," Leon said. "Everybody knows the expectations at Central Valley. We still got to play Ceres High and Patterson. Pacheco is a solid team, too. We're thinking about ourselves."

Hawks rout Yellowjackets.

Central Valley cruised to a 10-0 win over host Hilmar on Sept. 22.

Jose Yepez led the Hawks with three goals.

Hector Mendoza had two goals.

Damian Soltero tallied one goal and one assist.

Ruiz, Jorge Bustos, Saul Cuevas and Jose Martin all scored one goal.

Angel Lopez, Juan Martinez, Angel Aguilar and Jacob Guerrero chipped in with one assist each.

Central Valley will face Patterson and third-place Ceres High (2-0-1) this week.