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Honors pour in for CHS
Ceres High girls leader Saldate shares Coach of the Year award
Ceres High junior Mariah Trevino was named Western Athletic Conference Defender of the Year in a vote by the leagues head coaches this past month in Hilmar. Trevino helped lead the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the WAC standings. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls soccer program claimed two of the top awards during the Western Athletic Conference year-end coaches' meeting on Feb. 15 in Hilmar.

Junior Mariah Trevino was named the WAC's Defender of the Year.

Trevino anchored the Bulldogs' defense, which posted five shutouts and twice allowed just one goal.

Mariah was Ceres High's most versatile player.

Trevino's main position was defender but she also contributed at midfielder and forward.

She scored eight goals.

"Mariah's the leader of our team," Bulldogs' head coach Miguel Saldate said. "She's our best all-round player. Everywhere she plays, she's amazing."

Saldate shared Coach of the Year honors with Central Valley's Miguel Larranaga and Livingston's Maricela Alvear.

"It's nice getting that recognition," Saldate said. "I want to thank my players and assistant coach (Raymundo Reyes)."

Ceres High had three players earn first-team all-league honors, including Siriana Gudino, Jacqueline Ruiz and Miranda Larranaga.

Gudino, a sophomore goalkeeper, totaled 13 saves in Ceres High's 1-0 win over WAC-champion Central Valley on Jan. 27.

"She was the best goalie in our league," Saldate said. "A lot of the other coaches liked how she played. She's very competitive."

Ruiz, a freshman forward, tallied six goals and two assists.

"Jackie did great," Saldate said. "She's going to be an even bigger help in the future."

Larranaga, a sophomore midfielder, collected five goals.

"Miranda's a very smart player," Saldate said. "That comes from her playing competitive soccer for a lot of years."

Bulldog standouts Miranda Wilds and Kalyani Hermosillo were both selected to the WAC Second Team.

Wilds, a senior forward, had eight goals and two assists.

"She was an important part of our team," Saldate said.

Hermosillo, a sophomore, contributed at midfielder during her first season with Ceres High.

"She's a tough, little player," Saldate said.

Ceres High placed second in the WAC standings (7-2-1).

Crosstown-rival Central Valley won its third straight conference title (9-1-0).

Livingston (6-2-2) took third.

The Bulldogs prevented the Hawks from posting a perfect record in conference play for the second year in a row.

"We did the same thing as last year," Saldate said. "We got second. We kept Central Valley from being undefeated. I think we could have done better."