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New-look Central Valley still unbeaten
Hawks improve to 5-0-3 on the year
Jorge Bustos helped lead Central Valleys varsity boys soccer team to one win and two ties this past week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's revamped varsity boys soccer squad remained unbeaten in non-conference play last week.

The Hawks earned one win and two ties.

Central Valley improved to 5-0-3 on the year.

"At this point of last season, we had already lost," Hawks head coach Omar Leon said. "It's a new team. We still have a lot of work to do."

Central Valley blanked Downey 4-0 on Thursday in Modesto.

"We played a very, complete game," Leon said.

Juan Martinez collected two goals.

Damian Soltero and Jesus Sanchez both scored once.

Hawk goalkeeper Ramon Ruiz totaled four saves.

Central Valley used a 3-5-2 formation (three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards).

"We finally got a formation," Leon said. "They looked more comfortable."

Central Valley and host Turlock battled to a scoreless draw on Wednesday.

"It was back and forth," Leon said. "It could have gone either way."

Ruiz made seven saves.

"He's been very consistent," Leon said. "Nothing new."

Central Valley and Modesto High tied 1-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in Ceres.

Martinez scored for the Hawks, who used multiple formations during the game.

Sanchez picked up the assist.

Ruiz had eight saves.

"Modesto High always has a good team," Leon said. "That's why we play them every year. They give us a challenge. We've won in the past but it's very close."