BERKELEY -- The Freedom High boys soccer team, making its first-ever appearance in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs, clearly weren't content with just getting in.

No. 12 Freedom picked up one of the biggest wins in program history, beating fifth-seeded Berkeley 3-0 on Wednesday in a first round game.

Jorge Cendejas scored two goals, one in each half, for the visiting Falcons. Senior goalkeeper Chris Contreras came up big with 10 saves, including several of the acrobatic variety, for the shutout.

Contreras' heroics helped weather an early storm by the Yellowjackets (19-3-3), as Freedom took a 2-0 lead at halftime.

"He was the MVP tonight, there's no doubt," Freedom coach Sal Acevedo said of Contreras. "He came up with some incredible stops and kept us in the game when we needed him the most."

The Falcons (13-9-2) were forced to wait and counter as Berkeley was in control early, and it led to a 22nd minute goal from Cendejas. Raul Lopez scored 11 minutes later on a Cendejas corner kick.

Berkeley had the bulk of the early possession and chances, but did not capitalize.

Freedom will play at Bay Valley Athletic League rival Pittsburg in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 7 p.m.



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