The ball never stopped.
From one player to another, almost like a passing drill in practice, the Golden Valley soccer team worked the ball from the left side of the field to the right side.
Pass after pass after pass, GV redirected the ball back to the left side with Merced players unsuccessfully chasing their marks.
Finally, Jose Hernandez sent a pass to a wide open Matt Hubbard, who deposited the ball into the right corner of the net.
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Just 7 minutes into the game, Golden Valley had a 2-0 lead.
Merced never had a chance as Golden Valley dominated possession of the ball on its way to a 4-0 win on Thursday afternoon at Merced High.
"We know we're progressing as a team," said GV coach Lee Shaw, whose team won its fourth straight game to improve to 4-1 in the Central California Conference. "The midfield was very open for us. We had a lot of shots. We had a good day."
Just how good?
Golden Valley goalie Gabe Jimenez could have sat down on the grass and done his homework during the first half.
Jimenez was the loneliest player on the field as Merced almost spent the entire first half playing defense. Jimenez didn't have to defend a single shot on goal in the first 40 minutes.
"If you don't show up, you're not going to win," said Merced coach Jason Durbin. "That's the second time we've done it. Golden Valley just handed it to us. That's the bottom line.
"Regardless of who shows up for us we have to go out and play."
Merced (2-3 CCC) played without star Octavio Murillo, who was training with an all-star Chivas team.
Merced looked lost on offense without him.
"You can't build a team around one player," Durbin said. "He might be the best player in the league. We'll find that out at the end of the year, but it takes 11 guys to win."
Golden Valley proved that on Tuesday.
Hubbard and Hernandez each scored two goals and also picked up assists.
Daniel Byrne and Mike Gomes also recorded assists.
"The field was wide open for us," Hubbard said. "That grass was pretty good and that helped us make a lot of passes.
"When the field is right, we are a really good passing team and that opens up our midfield."
Things only got worse for Merced when goalie Andrew Jaurique was forced to leave the game with a possible concussion after a violent collision with GV's Adan Beccera late in the first half.
Jaurique came out of the box to try to prevent a goal and his head hit the right side of Beccera. Both players left the game.
The win keeps GV near the top of the CCC standings after the first trip through the conference. The only blemish was a 4-3 loss to Buhach Colony.
"We're not looking at who we're playing or where we're playing," Hubbard said. "We want to finish in first place. That's our goal."
Central California Conference
GOLDEN VALLEY -- Goals: Matt Hubbard 2, Jose Hernandez 2; Assists: Hubbard 1, Hernandez 1, Daniel Byrne 1, Mike Gomes 1; Saves: Gabe Jimenez 2.
MERCED -- Saves: Andrew Jaurique 5, Kevin Conway 1.
Records: Golden Valley 4-1 CCC, 9-3-4 overall; Merced 2-3 CCC.
JV -- Golden Valley 2-1.