The Ceres Youth Soccer Organization’s under-14 girls Earthquakes’ soccer team finished in second place while competing at the Bill Meyer Winter League Tournament earlier this month at Woodward Park in Manteca.
“I’m proud of my girls,” coach Martin Rodriguez said. “They stepped it up.”
Ceres won two of four games at the Meyer tourney.
The Earthquakes lost 1-0 to Modesto-Green in the finals on March 3.
Ceres allowed a goal during the final 10 minutes of play.
“They played their hearts out. They really wanted to win.”Coach Martin Rodriguez
“They played their hearts out,” Rodriguez said. “They really wanted to win.”
Ceres lost 3-1 to Modesto-Green earlier in the day.
The Earthquakes beat Tuolumne 2-0 and Modesto-White 3-1 March 2.
“We had a really great season,” Rodriguez said. “There was a lot of improvement.”
Ceres posted a 9-3-0 overall on the year.
The Earthquakes collected seven wins, one tie and no losses during the BML regular season.
Ceres outscored its opponents, 37-5.
“It was a great group to coach,” said Rodriguez, whose squad’s three losses were to Modesto-Green. “It’s one of the most talented teams I’ve had.”
The Earthquakes’ roster featured 14 players, including Marissa Renteria, Camila Hernandez, Isabella Buendia, Margie Calvillo, Monica Cendejas, Amirah Galindo, Genesis Mendez, Camyla Mora, Aundrea Perez, Jasmine Ravelo, Gaby Rebello, Jocelyn Serrano, Olivia Solache and Zenayda Rivera.
“The girls all got along and always gave 100 percent,” Rodriguez said.
Renteria led Ceres in scoring with 21 goals.
Hernandez added 10 goals.
“Marissa scored most of our goals,” Rodriguez said. “She was our go-to girl.”
Calvillo, Galindo, Perez and Solache helped limit opposing offenses to just five goals.
“We had an amazing defense,” Rodriguez said.