The Ceres Youth Soccer Organization’s under-10 boys Earthquakes’ team had to settle for runner-up honors at the Bill Meyer League Winter Tournament.
Ceres won three of four games at Woodward Park in Manteca.
"It was their first year playing competitive soccer together. They exceeded my expectations.”Coach Brady Holliday
“Taking second is nothing to be upset about,” coach Brady Holliday said. “I was going to be proud of them win or lose. It was their first year playing competitive soccer together. They exceeded my expectations.”
Ceres lost 2-1 to Atwater in the finals on March 3.
Atwater avenged a 5-1 loss.
“The level of competition was a lot higher for the championship game,” Holliday said. “Atwater played better as a team. We knew it was going to be a tough game.”
Ceres topped Tuolumne-Wilson 3-0 on March 3.
The Earthquakes bested the Stockton Revolution and Tracy Rapids by identical 4-0 scores on March 2.
“They played aggressive every single game,” Holliday said.
Ceres posted a 10-1-1 overall record.
The Earthquakes claimed the BML regular-season title with a near-perfect 7-0-1 mark.
Alexzander Garcia, Isaiah Gonzalez, Diego Gutierrez, Evan Holliday, Manuel Iniguez, Andres Jacquez, Gabriel Jacquez, Cooper Perez, Miguel Perez, Alexander Ramirez Gomez and Jeremiah Tolentino all contributed during the course of the season.
“I had a good group of kids,” coach Holliday said. “They played hard every single game. My hope is to keep them playing together for a while under the Earthquakes name.”