Central Valley’s varsity boys and girls soccer programs competed at the Harold S. Young Tournament this past week at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
Central Valley’s boys team placed third. The Hawks finished second last year.
“I was pleased with the overall performance. We still have a long ways to go.”Coach Omar Leon
“I was pleased with the overall performance,” head coach Omar Leon said. “We still have a long ways to go.”
The Hawks collected three wins and one loss.
Jesus Yepez had four goals and one assist in four games.
Edivaldo Yepez had three goals and one assist.
Alex Bautista had three goals.
Joel Arellano and Gerardo Flores both had two goals.
Victor Torres had one goal and one assist.
Cesar Grajeda and Isaac Juarez each had one goal.
Agustin Gutierrez had one assist.
Central Valley edged Golden West 5-4 in a penalty-kick shootout during the third-place game on Saturday.
The two teams battled to a 2-2 tie in regulation.
Bautista and Edivaldo Yepez finished with two goals apiece.
Grajeda, Torres and Jesus Yepez all scored once.
Central Valley shut out Mt. Whitney 3-0 on Saturday.
Arellano, Bautista and Jesus Yepez led the Hawks in scoring with one goal each.
Gutierrez and Gutierrez both dished out one assist.
Goalkeeper Erick Martinez totaled four saves in Central Valley’s 1-0 loss to Central on Friday.
Central Valley blanked Hanford 7-0 on Friday.
Jesus Yepez had two goals and one assist.
Flores had two goals.
Edivaldo Yepez had one goal and one assist.
Arellano and Juarez each had one goal.
Central Valley’s shorthanded girls team did not place.
The Hawks (3-4) amassed a 1-3-0 record.
“I thought we were going to do good,” head coach Miguel Larranaga said. “Last year, we took first. We were motivated. We were the defending champions. We were the team to beat.”
Central Valley opened the tournament with a 4-0 win over Ridgeview on Friday.
Abigail Martinez tallied two goals.
Amanda Calvo and Daniela Yepez both scored once.
Central Valley lost 3-0 to Central on Friday.
The Hawks dropped both of their games by identical scores of 3-0 to Atascadero and Stockdale on Saturday.
Central Valley competed with a revamped lineup as five starters did not play for various reasons.
“We couldn’t compete with those teams because we were missing some key players,” Larranaga said. “Two girls were taking the SAT. Two were injured. Another girl overslept.”
The Hawks will compete at the Central Valley Showcase this Friday and Saturday at Delta College in Stockton.