The Gridley Bulldogs boys soccer team won three games at the Garces Tournament in Bakersfield over the weekend, advancing as far as the championship quarterfinals.

The Gridley Bulldogs boys soccer team won three games at the Garces Tournament in Bakersfield over the weekend, advancing as far as the championship quarterfinals.

In one of the biggest soccer tournaments in the state, the Bulldogs began by beating the Liberty J.V. 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals, where they lost 2-1 to Shafter High School.

Ivan Martinez made eight saves in the game, but Gridley's offense came up a little short. Cali Garcia scored the only goal for Gridley. Keenan Emmitt led the team with 10 steals, while Mark Ramos and Jose Hernandez had nine, Jose Alvarez, Carlos Alejo and Juan Pureco had six, Franky Campos had five, and Erick Garcia, Vicente Fuentes and Jose Mota had two.

Out of the championship race, Gridley still played two more games, and shutout their opponent in both. The Bulldogs beat Templeton High School 1-0. After a scoreless first half, Alvarez came up with what would be the game-winning goal in the second half.

Martinez had six saves to give him his third shutout of the year. Ramos led the team with 11 steals, while Alvarez had 10, Emmitt and Hernandez had nine, Hector Sanchez and Augustin Alvarez had eight, Alejo had five, Pureco, Erick Garcia and Miguel Gonzalez had four, Fuentes, Montes and Campos had three, Mota, Cali Garcia, Oscar Rivera and Cristo Garcia each had two, and Marcial Terry had one.

Gridley's second win and Martinez's fourth shutout of the year came over South High School. Again, the Bulldogs broke a scoreless first half with a game-winning goal in the second by Pureco. Gonzalez assisted on the goal.

Martinez had six saves in the first half, and Antonio Montes had four in the second.

Emmitt led Gridley with 10 steals, while Gonzalez had nine, Augustin Alvarez had eight, Sanchez had seven, Hernandez and Ramos had six, Alejo, Campos and Jose Alvarez had five, Pureco had four, Erick Garcia, Cali Garcia and Tony Montes had three, and Mota had two.

The Bulldogs are now 5-3-1 overall, and travel to Sutter High School on January 6 when they return from winter break. The Huskies (1-5) were also at the Garces Tournament, where they went 1-2. They beat Liberty J.V. in their final match after losing 2-0 to Mission Prep and 2-1 to Delano in the consolation quarterfinals.