Lady Eagles kick off season with tournament title

The Pleasanton girls soccer team is on a roll to start the 2018 season.

The Lady Eagles dominated the competition at their home tournament Friday and Saturday, walking away with the championship after a 4-1 win over district foe La Vernia.

In all, Pleasanton outscored its opponents 14-2 over three matches.

It was a strong start for the Lady Eagles, who are coming off a trip to the Region IV-4A semifinals.

While a talented core returned for Pleasanton, some newcomers found the back of the net multiple times during the tournament.

Kaitlyn Garcia scored the first two goals of the season for the Lady Eagles, and she wasted little time doing so.

Garcia netted her first goal in the fifth minute and scored again 11 minutes later to give Pleasanton a 2-0 advantage against Class 5A El Paso Riverside in their season opener Friday morning.

By halftime the Lady Eagles went up 4-0 following consecutive goals by Madelyn Bird.

Pleasanton controlled posession and outshot the Lady Rangers 17-0 in dominating the first half.

Carly Esquivel added a goal with 20 minutes remaining to make the final margin 5-0.

The match was a preview of things to come. Garcia and Bird both continued to score throughout the tournament, finishing with six and five, respectively.

The Lady Eagles advanced to the semifinals against Beeville on Friday afternoon.

Delanee Olivarri, who had three assists against Riverside, opened the scoring against the Lady Trojans after a Renata Osorio shot ricocheted off the goal post.

Olivarri had the first of her two assists 20 minutes later to Bird for a 2-0 lead.

At halftime, Pleasanton had yet to allow a shot on goal in the tournament.

Garcia added two second-half goals, and Bird had another, in a three-minute span to give the Lady Eagles a 5-0 advantage.

Bird and Garcia also each had an assist in the 5-1 win.

The result set up a championship against La Vernia, which beat San Antonio Cole and Canyon Lake to advance.

Garcia scored in the third minute, but the Lady Bears tied the game five minutes later.

Bird and Garcia netted goals six minutes apart as Pleasanton led 3-1 at halftime.

Osorio scored the final goal in the 60th minute to cap a 4-1 win.

Olivarri had two assists, and Bird had one in the championship match.

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