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Yessenia Medina made a season-high 17 saves in leading the Ceres High varsity girls soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Modesto High at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park on Tuesday, March 15.

"That was the best game I have ever seen her play at goalie," said Ceres head coach Randy Cerny. "This is the third year she has played for me."

Caitlin Cerny and Myrna Cadenas both scored a goal for the Bulldogs.

"We picked up the physical aspect of our game," Cerny said. "We were getting pushed around in preseason."

The Bulldogs also excelled with a revamped lineup. Cerny had no choice. Several of his most experienced players were relegated to the bench, including Brittany Randle, Amy Kaur and Janet Cortes.

Natali Martinez's position also had to be filled. She quit the team because of a conflicting schedule.

"I felt very fortunate coming out of here with a win considering all the adversity the girls have had to face," Cerny said.

Randle shouted instructions from the bench. The two-time, all-league selection is battling leukemia.

"She's pretty active on the sidelines, literally helping us coach the team," Cerny said.

Five of Ceres' 11 starters were freshmen, including forward Caitlin Cerny, sweeper Cynthia Gonzalez, center midfielder Maricarmen Burgos and center defender Kristin Garcia.

"All five of those freshmen play traveling ball for Ceres Youth Soccer Organization," Cerny said.

The Bulldogs led 2-0 at the break

In the fourth minute, Caitlin Cerny fired a right-foot volley past Modesto goalie Monika Sanches. Cerny scored from the 20-yard line. Lucero Villasenor assisted.

In the 22nd minute, Ceres defender Tahnee Welch cleared the ball to Cadenas. Cadenas scored on a breakaway.

"She blasted it from 18 yards out," Cerny said.

Eva Arzola, Modesto High's top player, wasn't a factor. The senior forward was a first-team, all-league selection last season. She received a scholarship to play soccer at California State University, Monterey.

"We shut her down pretty good," Cerny said. "It was a team effort."

Garcia and Janneli Arreygue led the way.

"Kristin was on her a lot as was Janneli," Cerny said. "They had their hands full."

The Bulldogs (2-4, 1-1) will play at Downey High School tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier