ATWATER -- The Central California Conference has a race on its hands for the boys soccer title, after Golden Valley played defending champion Atwater to a 1-1 draw on Thursday.
Fabian Miramontes' goal midway through the first half gave GV a 1-1 tie. The Cougars (0-0-1 CCC) had a chance to go ahead, but Atwater (1-0-1) goalie Fernando Rios blocked a penalty kick.
GV starts five sophomores, GV coach Lee Shaw said, and sweeper Bill Castello turned back numerous Atwater scoring threats.
"Brian lit us up in the second half," said Sierra coach Jose Montes, whose team led 2-1 at the half.
RIPON 9, HUGHSON 1, at Hughson -- Oliver Kolwitz had three goals and an assist and Joel Robles two goals and three assists for Ripon (7-2-1, 1-1 TVL).
LE GRAND 3, TURLOCK CHR. 0, at Le Grand -- Santos Rodriguez and Luis Rodriguez scored for Le Grand (2-0 SL).
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GOLDEN VALLEY 11, PITMAN 7, at Merced -- Case Viehuizen had four goals for Golden Valley (1-1 CCC) and Josh Day four for the Pride.
ESCALON 154, RIVERBANK 190, at Escalon GC -- Brittney Brunetti had one birdie in a 3-over 34, her best round of the season, for Escalon (7-1, 5-0 VFL).
PATTERSON 3, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2, at Central Catholic -- Patterson (5-6, 1-1 WAC) led 11-5 in Game 5, then Central got within 11-10 before Patterson closed out a 26-24, 12-25, 17-25, 25-7, 15-10 victory. "Their service game was the difference after we closed to within one in the final game," said Central coach Angela Quinteros. "They got the ball back and it was over."
RIPON CHR. 3, MODESTO CHR. 0, at Ripon Christian -- Cassie Fortune and Kailee Adams led the defense for RC (5-2, 1-0 TVL) in its 25-8, 25-23, 25-18 triumph.
TURLOCK CHR. 3, WATERFORD 0, at Turlock Christian -- Morgan Andre had seven aces for TC (3-3, 1-0 SL) in 25-13, 25-16, 25-12 win.
MERCED 3, LOS BANOS 3 (Mercd wins on basis of games won, 67-58), at Merced -- The Bears' Stephanie Isenberg/Priyanka Patel won 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles. Sara Hedrick of Los Banos won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in No. 1 singles, the day's other three-setter.