Morgan DeLay never seemed to stop moving.
The Turlock striker weaved in and out of the Golden Valley defense, working both sidelines and stretching the pitch when the opportunity allowed.
It made her a tough mark, and the Golden Valley defense was seldom up to the task.
In a game that the defending Central California Conference champs had to have to keep their title hopes alive, DeLay delivered.
With just enough movement off the ball and some deft passing, the junior carved up the Cougars with five assists in a 5-0 victory at Veterans Stadium.
The Bulldogs' win threw the league title hunt wide open again, trimming the Cougars' points lead to two with three games to play. Pitman is four points back and Atwater is five.
"We had a lot of momentum coming into this game," Bulldogs coach Cathy Schali-Lopez said. "We knew it was a game we needed to win and we're hungry to prove that we're still the top team in the conference.
"This is how we know we're capable of playing. Now we have to keep it going for the last few games."
Golden Valley (12-6-2, 8-4 CCC) had the opportunity to take control of the CCC race, but never looked likely to do it.
The Cougars took the field with little energy and the Bulldogs (7-4-1 CCC) took full advantage, pinning GV in its own end.
Utilizing fluid movement and passing, Turlock fired the first seven shots in the game. It finally cashed one in on an Aubrey Glidden one-timer in the 22nd minute.
DeLay feathered a cross into Glidden at the near post. The senior volleyed the ball with her left foot, beating goalkeeper Mariah Hermosillo (seven saves) to the near post.
Despite the Bulldogs' dominance in possession and shots on goal, the score was 1-0 at the intermission.
Turlock quickly erased any hope of a comeback, however, breaking the game open with a pair of goals in the opening minutes of the second half.
A failed Golden Valley clearance gave Isabel Sousa space at the top left corner of the Cougar 18-yard box. She fired to the near post to make it 2-0.
Glidden scored her second goal of the game just four minutes later, heading home a DeLay corner kick.
"That was really a killer," GV coach Lee Shaw said. "A 1-0 game, lots of things can happen, but two goals in the first five minutes of the second half is really difficult to overcome. You keep playing hard and you hope, but that's a big hole to get out of.
"I thought this was our worst game of the season. We made mistakes we just haven't made and Turlock played well.
"The only good thing about today was the score allowed us to rest some players that were banged up in the second half."
Golden Valley's offense seldom found free space to challenge goalkeeper Vanessa Orozco (five saves) and the Bulldogs tacked on goals in the 49th and 65th minutes to finish the Cougars off.
"The play of the defense was huge," Schali-Lopez said. "(Sara Callister) is the most dangerous player in the league and we really didn't allow her much today."