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Livingston eliminates CV girls soccer from playoff contention
Hawks drop to 4-5-1 in conference standings
Stephanie Lopez contributed at goalkeeper during the Central Valley High School varisty girls soccer teams conference games against Livingston, Patterson and Los Banos. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls soccer team dropped out of playoff contention after losing 7-2 at Livingston on Tuesday, April 15.

"They're disappointed," Hawks head coach Cyndi Meshach said.

The Wolves moved into first place in the Western Athletic Conference (8-1-2, 26 points).

Fourth-place Central Valley (13 points) dropped to 4-5-1 in the league standings.

Rocio Beltran and Emily Curry both tallied one goal for the Hawks.

Emely Amaya chipped in with one assist each.

Central Valley goalkeeper Stephanie Lopez had four saves.

Yaritza Arista led Livingston with five goals and one assist.

Dareny Barajas collected one goal and one assist.

Valerie Martinez scored once.

Marisol Mendoza and Miranda Alvear had one assist apiece.

Central Valley lost to Livingston despite holding a 23-13 shot advantage.

The Hawks trailed 3-1 at intermission.

Central Valley allowed four goals in the second half.

"Confidence is everything when you're playing," Meshach said. "You have to have faith in yourself."

Hawks, Tigers tie
Central Valley's postseason hopes took a major hit following its near-upset of host Patterson.

The Hawks had to settle for a 2-2 draw with the Tigers on April 10.

"We would have won if we made smarter decisions," Meshach said. "It's very disappointing. We're not going to dwell on it. Mathematically, there's a still possibility we can make the playoffs. But realistically, it's pretty slim."

The third-place Tigers (7-1-3, 24 points) increased their lead over the Hawks in the WAC standings.

Beltran and Evelyn Andrade accounted for Central Valley's goals.

The Tigers erased a two-goal deficit.

CV dominates Los Banos
Central Valley routed last-place Los Banos 5-0 on April 8 in Ceres.

"It was a fun game," Meshach said.

Beltran and Amaya both scored twice.

Lopez had one goal.

"Emely's an outstanding player when she's confident," Meshach said. "There's nothing she can't do."

Central Valley will play at Pacheco on April 29 and host to Ceres High on May 1. Both games will get underway at 4 p.m.