Ceres High’s varsity girls soccer team managed to extended its streak of consecutive playoff appearances to five seasons this winter despite competing with a thin roster for most of the year.
The Bulldogs improved to 14-7-2 overall and secured the Western Athletic Conference’s second playoff berth this past week after collecting wins against Grace Davis and Mountain House.
Ceres High had 10 wins, three losses and one tie in WAC play.
Beyer (14-0-0) won the league title.
Lathrop (10-4-0) took third.
“It got a little frustrating at times. But we got there (playoffs). I’m proud of the girls.”Coach Miguel Saldate
“It was a tough season for all of us being short players,” coach Miguel Saldate said. “It got a little frustrating at times. But we got there (playoffs). I’m proud of the girls.”
Ceres High topped Grace Davis 3-1 last Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium.
Upperclassmen Elena Arellano, Brianna Bazoco, Karina Estrada, Edith Larranaga, Isabella Ramirez, Yanelli Rodriguez and Mariah Trevino garnered special recognition before the contest.
“It was very important for us to win because it was senior night,” Saldate said. “It’s sad seeing them go. They did a great job throughout the season. They were a big help.”
Trevino scored twice against the Spartans.
Arellano had one goal.
Ceres High edged host Mountain House 2-1 on Feb. 4.
The game was supposed to be played at Bulldog Stadium. But poor field conditions prevented that from happening.
“We struggled a little bit because we weren’t ready (due to the last-minute schedule change),” Saldate said. “Two of our players couldn’t go to the game.”
Trevino accounted for both of Ceres High’s goals.
Rodriguez had one assist.
The Bulldogs were awarded the seventh seed for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs.
Ceres High will play No. 10 Antelope in the opening round of the playoffs today at 3 p.m.
“It’s great we qualified for playoffs and get to play at home,” Saldate said. “For most of the girls, this could be their last game. I’m hoping they give 100 percent for those 80 minutes.”