Forced to change its lineup due to injuries and family obligations, Ceres High School's varsity boys soccer team suffered back-to-back losses in Western Athletic Conference play on the road this past week.
"It makes a big difference," Ceres High head coach Miguel Saldate said while talking about competing shorthanded on the pitch.
Ceres High dropped to 8-4-2 overall and 1-3-0 in the WAC standings.
El Capitan defeated Ceres High 4-2 on Wednesday in Merced.
Bulldog players Martin Reyes, Adrian Espinoza, Juan Castillo, Donnavin Koeurn and Anthony Cruz were sidelined for various reasons.
"If everybody would have been there, we would have won that game," Saldate said.
Max Lopez and Erik Montanez accounted for Ceres High's goals.
Ulises Diaz and Victor Del Razo both dished out one assist.
Reyes, Castillo, Cruz, Christian Garcia and Alexis Nava did not play during the Bulldogs' 3-0 loss to the Wolves on Sept. 21 at Livingston High School.
Reyes, Ceres High's goalkeeper, exited the contest midway through the second half. He re-aggravated a knee injury. The Bulldogs trailed 1-0 when he left the game.
"We've played way too many games this season," Saldate said. "That's why a lot of our players are injured."