Eagles earn consolation championship at home tourney

PLEASANTON—The Pleasanton boys soccer team dropped the first match of its home tournament but rebounded to walk away with the consolation championship.

The Eagles dropped Wimberley 4-1 in the consolation title match Saturday evening to finish 2-1 at the two-day tournament. Pleasanton built a 2-0 halftime lead and held off the Texans in the final 40 minutes.

The Eagles reached the consolation final after a dominating performance for the second time in a week against Beeville.

Pleasanton topped the Trojans 7-0 in the semifinals behind four first-half goals.

Victor Gutierrez scored the first two goals of the match, the second coming on a penalty kick following a Beeville handball in the box. Gutierrez found the side netting on a nice shot that put the Eagles up 2-0 in the 12th minute.

Matheus Rodriguez and Eduardo Mares added goals before halftime for a 4-0 advantage. Rodriguez added a second goal after the break, sandwiched between two scores by Colby Cardenas.

The win came after Pleasanton beat Beeville 5-1 on the road Jan. 9.

The Eagles found themselves in the consolation bracket after dropping a 2-1 decision to Floresville to open the tournament Friday morning.

Cardenas put Pleasanton up 1-0 in the 14th minute after a free kick just outside the box. The Eagles had an earlier chance in the ninth minute hit the crossbar.

The 1-0 lead held until halftime before the Tigers mounted a comeback.

Floresville netted goals nine minutes apart–in the 41st and 50th minute–to take the win.

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