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Vista opens defense of soccer crown with 2-0 win over Ceres

By: By Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Goals from Matt Raymond and Cody Sherfy earned the Vista del Lago boys’ soccer team a 2-0 win over visiting Ceres in opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs on Thursday.

The No. 1 seeded Eagles began their postseason successfully in defense of three-straight section championships. Goalkeeper Brandon Lee earned the shutout through more than 70 minutes in net and P.J. Sullivan capped it off.

Vista plays at home Wednesday against the Lincoln Fighting Zebras, the No. 4 seed, who beat Dixon, 1-0.

Ceres held Vista scoreless through the first half. Both teams entered the break tied 0-0 after an unimpressive first 40 minutes.

The Eagles returned to the pitch and outshot their opponents 12-2 in the second half.

Raymond’s goal came on a set piece about 20 yards out. Alex Ford chipped into the 18-yard box and Michael Le Page got a touch on before Raymond finished it off in the 48th minute.

“It was just bouncing around and I got a foot on it. We knew we had to come out and score and I happened to be in the right place at the right time to do it,” said Raymond. “Cody had the real goal of the game, though. It was a nice shot.”

Indeed, Sherfy’s goal was easily the best offensive one-two punch of the match.

In the 66th minute, Parker Boyea’s low cross ran side-to-side and Sherfy’s speed allowed him to beat his defender on the left side of the field. The solid and low finish across goal was silky.

“It just happened to come across to me and I was there for the shot,” said Sherfy. “I’m super pumped. We’re all really excited, really happy and want to celebrate this win.”

Winning is the trend for Vista boys’ soccer.

The Eagles haven’t lost a postseason match since Nov. 6, 2009 or a match this season since late September – a stretch of eight games before entering playoffs.