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Hawks win first 10 games
CV girls soccer enjoys perfect start to season
Central Valley High School's varsity girls soccer program won its first 10 games of the 2016 season, including three in Western Athletic Conference play. The Hawks are coached by Cyndi Meshach (pictured). Meshach was voted 2015 WAC Coach of the Year last spring. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

A month into the 2016 season and Central Valley High School’s varsity girls soccer team still hasn’t lost a game.

The visiting Hawks kept their perfect record intact with a 4-0 shutout of Pacheco on March 24 in Los Banos.

“They’re hungry,” Central Valley head coach Cyndi Meshach said. “They want to win. They play together. They get it.”

The Hawks improved to 10-0-0 on the year and remained in first place atop the Western Athletic Conference (3-0-0, nine points).

Livingston (3-1-0, nine points), Ceres High (2-0-1, seven points), El Capitan (2-1-1, seven points), Patterson (1-2-0, three points), Pacheco (0-3-0, no points) and Los Banos (0-4-0, no points) trail Central Valley in the league standings.

Central Valley defeated Livingston 3-1 on March 14.

 “I don’t feel any pressure as a coach,” Meshach said. “The issues we have are nice ones to. They stay focused and are not taking anything for granted. They’re gamers. They play hard. But they also understand that on any given day, anybody can be beat.”

Central Valley Yesenia Zuniga scored twice against Pacheco.

Sophomore Laiza Quintero and freshman Jocelyn Lopez both tallied one goal.

Freshman Mixtly Vega collected three assists.

Junior goalkeeper Jaquelyn Lopez made one save.

The Hawks qualified for the playoffs for the first time in program history last spring.

Central Valley posted an 8-3-1 record on its way to a second-place finish behind Ceres High in the WAC standings a year ago.

“We don’t talk about the past,” Meshach said. “Every year is different. Coaching is coaching. You have to adapt to who you have. I think we have the most talent. They’re capable of it (advancing to the playoffs and winning the conference title). But they are high schoolers. I’m trying to do everything I can to help them do that.”