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Runner-up finish in soccer
CV boys take second with 3-1 mark at Pitman Cup
Central Valleys Jonathan Garcia (pictured right) and El Capitans Nestor Montes get tangled up while battling for possession in the first round of the Pitman Pride Cup on Friday at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex. The Hawks won by shutout, 3-0, versus the Gauchos. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity boys soccer team compiled a 1-2-1 record while struggling to a third-place finish at the 2015 Pitman Pride Cup.

The Hawks (3-1) brought home a runner-up trophy from Turlock this past weekend.

"It's always a very competitive tournament," head coach Omar Leon said. "The expectation was to improve on last year's performance. I saw commitment from everybody on the field. I liked their attitude. They didn't give up."

Central Valley opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over El Capitan Friday morning at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex.

Gilberto Flores, Isaac Juarez and Michael Vazquez all scored one goal for the Hawks.

Andres Velasquez had one assist.

Central Valley lost 2-0 to Galt Friday afternoon.

The Warriors took control after a Hawk player was ejected from the game late in the first half.

Galt grabbed a 1-0 lead just before intermission and added an insurance goal with 10 minutes to play in the second half.

"The referee standing next to the play called it a caution," Leon said. "The other referee pulled out a red card. I tried to get an explanation and he warned me he was going to kick me out of the game. We ended up playing a man down because of the red card."

The Hawks collected a pair of victories on Saturday.

Central Valley defeated no-show Castlemont by forfeit.

Velasquez, Gerardo Flores and Angel Lopez tallied one goal each during Central Valley's 3-1 win over Linden.

"That was a very competitive game," Leon said.

The Hawks took first at the Pitman Pride Cup in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011.

"We'll display it (the second-place trophy) somewhere at the school," Leon said. "Some of the kids are disappointed. We could have won the tournament. Overall, it was a positive experience. We're still trying to find the best starting 11 players for the team. That was the purpose of the tournament."