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Quakes finish in top 16 in Northern California
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The Ceres Youth Soccer Organization's under-14 girls Class III competitive soccer team concluded the 2004-05 season with a stellar performance at the California Youth Soccer Association State Cup. The single-elimination tournament was held at Morgan Hill, Jan. 29-30.

The Earthquakes finished in the Top 16 in Northern California with a 1-1 record.

"We went further than any other team in this district, including Turlock," said Ceres assistant coach Randy Cerny. "So we're very proud of our girls. They had a very good season."

Ceres played twice on Saturday, Jan. 29. Both games were settled via penalty kicks as the Earthquakes, Placer and Folsom played scoreless soccer for a combined three hours.

"Our girls were exhausted," Cerny said.

Placer eliminated Ceres from the tournament in the afternoon. It also snapped the Earthquakes' 12-game winning streak.

"All of the girls were crying afterwards," Cerny said. "I'm not bitter at all. They played their hearts out."

Ceres lost 2-1 on penalty kicks to Placer.

Emily Martin scored for the Earthquakes. Two of Ceres' shots were off-target and two were blocked by Placer's goalie.

The Earthquakes advanced to the Sweet-16 bracket with a 4-2 victory over Folsom on Saturday morning.

Caitlin Cerny, Jasmin Garcia, Maricela Torres and Veronica Nides all converted their penalty kicks.

Folsom missed 3 of 5 penalty kicks. Nides blocked two shots.

Ceres finished the year with a 23-4-2 record. The Earthquakes allowed just nine goals in 29 games.

"They're very talented girls," said Ceres head coach Jesus Olide. "That makes my job a lot easier."

Three of Olide's players, including Cynthia Gonzalez, Caitlin Cerny and Maricela Torres, could suit up for the Ceres High varsity girls soccer team this spring. Cerny is head coach.

"Cynthia's a phenom," Cerny said. "She has the same type of skills as Lucero Villasenor, when she came in as freshmen, except on defense."

Villasenor, Ceres High's top returning forward, earned all-league honors in 2001-02. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier