The Atwater soccer team is starting to get a little momentum in the second round of Central California Conference play.
Fresh off draws against CCC leaders Golden Valley and Turlock, Jimmy Brewer's squad picked up a convincing 3-0 victory over Merced on Thursday afternoon.
Manuel Villegas, Juan Madrigal and Alvaro Jorge all picked up goals and Madrigal and Villegas each added an assist as the Falcons (3-2-4 CCC, 9-6-4) moved back within a point of the Bears (4-5-2, 14-6-1) for third place in the league standings.
Efrain Ulloa made four saves to earn a shutout for Atwater, while Kevin Conway turned away seven for Merced.
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