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JV Bulldogs avenge loss to Hawks with 1-1 draw
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Ceres High School's junior-varsity boys soccer team lost by blowout, 6-1, to crosstown-rival Central Valley on Sept. 29.

The host Bulldogs tied the Hawks, 1-1, during Wednesday's rematch.

"It means a lot to us," Ceres High standout Aaron Victoria said. "We worked hard today."

The Bulldogs (6-4-1, 19 points) moved into a tie for third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings with the Hawks (6-2-1, 19 points).

"It makes everybody play a little harder," Central Valley head coach Rafael Fernandez said while talking about the crosstown rivalry. "Ceres High is always competitive at their home. They pressured us a lot better early in the game today. We lost a few starters to grades. We still shouldn't have tied."

Victoria accounted for Ceres High's lone goal.

Jesus Gudino tallied Central Valley's goal.

Victoria scored from 18 yards out in the 18th minute as Ceres High grabbed a 1-0 lead in the opening half.

Gudino evened the score with a 35-yard shot 10 minutes into the second half.

"We controlled most of the game," Fernandez said. "We just weren't finishing our opportunities. Our team was down after losing to Livingston."

Undefeated Livingston eliminated Central Valley from the WAC-title race with a 3-0 win on Oct. 20.

The Hawks won back-to-back league crowns the previous two seasons.

Central Valley, which compiled an 0-2 record versus Livingston this year, was seeking a three-peat.

"We've had some struggles," Fernandez said. "But we've been competitive. Livingston deserves the championship. They have a heckuva team. We'll start a new streak next year."