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WAC coaches reward Koeurn
Ceres High senior a standout on defense
Bulldog Dominique Koeurn has been named Western Athletic Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year. She starred at sweeper as the Bulldogs surrendered just 16 goals in 15 league games. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls soccer program had a total of six players garner recognition during the Western Athletic Conference year-end coaches meeting on Feb. 20 in Los Banos.

Dominique Koeurn was voted WAC co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Bulldog teammates Breanna Moreno, Mariah Trevino and Siriana Gudino all earned first-team all-league accolades.

Miranda Larranga and Karina Estrada were both selected to the WAC Second Team.

Koeurn, Moreno, Trevino, Gudino, Larranaga and Estrada filled key roles while guiding the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the WAC standings (11-4-0).

"The girls worked really well together and helped the team," Ceres High head coach Miguel Saldate said.

Koeurn had a breakout season during her fourth and final year with the Bulldogs.

She starred at sweeper as Ceres High's defense allowed just 16 goals in 15 conference games.

"She deserved it (defensive player of the year)," Saldate said. "She played well throughout the season. She pushed herself to do better. She wanted us to win all of our games."

Moreno was a first-team all-conference selection for the second consecutive season. The senior forward had a productive three-year career.

Breanna collected 11 goals and three assists this season.

"She was a warrior on the field," Saldate said. "She wanted to score and win every game. She was very competitive."

Gudino, a freshman, split playing time at goalkeeper with junior Angelmarie Coral. Siriana allowed 15 goals and totaled 78 saves.

"She's an amazing player," Saldate said. "I heard about her from some of the other girls before tryouts. I had never seen her play before. She's very competitive."

Trevino, a sophomore utility player, contributed at sweeper, stopper, midfielder, forward and goalie.

She scored the winning goal during Ceres High's 1-0 victory over crosstown-rival/back-to-back WAC-champion Central Valley on Feb. 16.

Mariah tallied 10 goals and two assists on the year.

"She played everywhere for us," Saldate said. "She never complained."

Trevino, Larranaga, a freshman center midfielder, and Estrada, a sophomore defender, all play for the same club team (Earthquakes) outside of school.

"They're very dedicated," Saldate said. "They like to practice hard. They're smart. I wish all my girls played competitive soccer."

Ceres High will try to win its second conference title in four years and secure its fourth straight postseason next winter.

"We're shooting for that," said Saldate, who will lose just four players to graduation. "We just need to work hard."