Ceres High’s varsity boys soccer team has experienced a major turnaround this winter.
The Bulldogs compiled a 16-1-4 overall record and placed second in the Western Athletic Conference standings (11-0-3) during the regular season.
Johansen (15-1-4, 12-0-2) edged out Ceres High for the WAC title.
The Bulldogs and Vikings tied twice, 1-1 and 0-0, this season.
“It’s upsetting to not win league but that’s the way it is. I’m still proud of what we accomplished this year."Coach Danny Barragan
“It’s upsetting to not win league but that’s the way it is,” said coach Danny Barragan, whose team won just four games during the 2017-18 campaign. “I’m still proud of what we accomplished this year. I had a feeling we were going to do well. But they exceeded my expectations. Chemistry and discipline were the two biggest keys.”
Ceres High closed out the WAC season with a 6-1 victory over host Grace Davis on Feb. 6 in Modesto.
The Bulldogs spoiled the Spartans’ senior day.
Pablo Duran scored a game-high two goals for Ceres High.
Andres Madriz collected one goal and one assist.
Rafael Guzman, Antonio Medina and Saul Ruiz all contributed one goal.
Hugo Mercado and Julio Nunez chipped in with one assist each.
Visiting Ceres High dominated Mountain House 9-0 on Feb. 4.
Madriz led the Bulldogs with two goals and one assist.
Ruiz and Jose Julian Montanez both scored twice.
Antonio Medina tallied one goal and one assist.
Luis Medina and Hugo Mercado had one goal apiece.
Victor Hurtado dished out one assist.
Goalkeeper Leo Trujillo totaled four saves.
The Bulldogs carry a 14-game unbeaten streak into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
“We didn’t win league,” Barragan said. “But sections is bigger than league. We still have a shot at that.”
Second-seeded Ceres High will face No. 15 Oakdale in the opening round of the Division-III bracket.
“I feel good about playoffs,” Barragan said. “I’m confident in my team. They’re motivated.”