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Hawks soccer unbeaten in league
Jocelyn Lopez has helped Central Valleys varsity girls soccer team continue its run of excellence in WAC play this winter. The Hawks improved to 10-0-1 last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity girls soccer program collected 11 wins, one loss and no ties while finishing in first place in the Western Athletic Conference last season.

The Hawks have continued their run of dominance against WAC competition this year.

First-place Central Valley improved to 10-0-1 in the conference standings this past week.

"You can see the chemistry on the field," said Maria Briones, first-year head coach of the Hawks. "They trust each other. They're all motivated. They work hard. They're very coachable. The girls have a winning mentality."

Central Valley shut out Livingston 2-0 on Thursday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The Hawks battled to a 3-3 tie with the Wolves and edged Livingston 7-6 earlier this season.

Jocelyn Lopez scored twice off free kicks during the third meeting.

Central Valley defeated host Patterson 6-0 on Jan. 31.

Lopez led the Hawks with three goals and one assist.

Estefani Serrato collected one goal and one assist.

Jackie Sanchez and Rocio Villasenor both tallied one goal.

Central Valley edged Ceres High 2-1 on Jan. 28 at Bulldog Stadium.

Laiza Quintero accounted for both of the Hawks' goals.

Lopez and Serrato chipped in with one assist apiece.

"We're four games away from finishing league," Briones said. "We have to keep practicing hard and pushing forward. We all have to step up."

The Hawks (16-1-1) are closing in on their second consecutive conference title.

The top three teams in the WAC advance to the postseason.

"Playoffs are coming," Briones said. "We're shooting for a section title in the long run. I believe the girls can do it."