Pleasanton’s girls soccer team took on a major challenge in the championship of the Battle of the Brush Country, its home tournament that ran Jan. 3-5, bowing to the Texans 3-1 in penalty kicks after the two teams were scoreless at the end of the second half on Jan. 5.
“It was a good game to see how we mark up against other teams that are higher up in 4A,” said Pleasanton’s Madelyn Bird.
Jenna Westfall said that tying Wimberley, which beat the Eagles in the regional semifinals two years ago, through regulation shows they can do better than last year.
In the semifinal, Bird scored all three goals as the Eagles (3-1) beat Medina Valley 3-2.
The Eagles built a 3-0 lead by the early part of the second half.
Pleasanton won its threeteam pool by beating San Anonio-Cole 4-0 in the morning on Jan. 3 and Bandera 6-0 that evening.
Pleasanton scored three second-half goals against Cole.
The Eagles had five players score against Bandera, with Delanee Olivarri scoring two in a span of three minutes of the second half and Bird, K.K. Garcia, Jenna Westfall and Sofia Rivera each scoring one.
“That was one of the most exciting goals in the whole tournament, when Jenna, our defender, scored,” Bird said.
McNeill said the Eagles’ defense, which allowed only two goals in regulation in the tourney, had an amazing performance in the tournament.
“They’ve really risen up to the occasion,” she said.
Pleasanton looks to measure up in the San Marcos Tournament from Jan. 10 to 12.
McNeill said the opening game against Alamo Heights will be a good challenge.
“They’ll be difficult. They make it to the state tournament in 5A. They’re very competitive and will be good competition,” she said.
Pleasanton’s next home game will be Jan. 15 against Gregory-Portland at 7 p.m.