The Las Positas men's and women's soccer teams kept striding toward their objectives with impressive performances last week.
The Hawks men (2-2) struck three times in the second half for a 3-0 win over Merritt. Javier Hernandez, Mike Hatch and Marco Neves all scored in an electric 10-minute span, and Antonio Jimenez and Nick Tucker had assists.
Jose Elizondo had four saves in the shutout, and Julio Naranjo had one.
New coach Andy Cumbo's squad sharpened its edge against tough competition in the Hartnell tournament the previous week to open the season, playing three games in three days.
Now the competition figures to bear the brunt.
The Hawks will travel to Folsom Lake (2-0-1) on Tuesday before hosting Contra Costa on Friday in the Hawks' home opener at 6:30 p.m.
The Hawks (3-1) showed their class under coach Paul Sapsford with three straight wins last week. After beating Cosumnes River 3-1, they routed East Los Angeles 7-1 on Friday night and took a tense, come-from-behind 2-1 win over Ventura on Sunday, both in Livermore.
After spotting Ventura a 1-0 halftime lead, the Hawks scored twice late to prevail in breathtaking fashion. Yadi Torres scored in the 81st minute off a Camila Fonseca assist, and Britni Myhre scored the winner in the 85th minute off a Yesica Morales pass.
Goalkeeper Ali Nunez came up big with nine saves.
The Hawks had little trouble with East Los Angeles as Myhre had two goals and an assist in the second half alone, after Las Positas jumped to a 4-1 halftime margin. Aimee Ryan and Yesica Morales both had a goal and an assist over the dynamic attacking stretch. Fonseca and Maya Lopez also scored in the first half.
Myhre highlighted the win over Cosumnes River of the powerful Big 8 Conference with two unassisted goals. Morales scored the clincher in the 90th minute.
With three games remaining before conference place, the Hawks will travel to Yuba on Friday, Sept. 16.
Jeremy Usedom scored four goals, but the Hawks (0-3) fell to visiting Modesto 12-7 on Sept. 7. Usedom's natural three-goal scoring run cut the deficit to 6-4, but Modesto regained control in the third period.
The Hawks dropped their first three games against tough competition, falling to Golden West 20-1, Citrus 15-6 and Mt. San Antonio 9-1.