PLEASANTON—The Pleasanton girls soccer team did Thursday what it has done each of the past 12 seasons: the Lady Eagles won their first playoff game.
Pleasanton scored two goals in the first 13 minutes on the way to a 3-1 bi-district win over Beeville at the Eagle Complex. It was the 12th consecutive year the Lady Eagles have won at least one postseason game.
Pleasanton topped the Lady Trojans 5-1 at its home tournament Jan. 5.
“When we play a team that we’ve already beaten, I try to tell them that the game’s more of a game against ourselves than it is against the opponent,” Pleasanton coach Brant Bird said. “I don’t want to take anything away from Beeville. They’re a well-coached team, and they’ve had a lot of injuries.”
After a couple of early chances did not find the net, Kaitlyn Garcia broke through with a Lady Eagles goal in the ninth minute. Four minutes later, Madelyn Bird extended the lead to 2-0.
Despite controlling possession, Pleasanton had an offensive lull until late in the game.
“Tonight was not our best play at all, but I was proud of the way the girls found a way to win,” Brant Bird said. “We came out with good intensity. We went down a little bit in the middle of the game, but found that extra goal there at the end.”
Bird had her second goal of the night in the 72nd minute to put the Lady Eagles ahead 3-0. Beeville broke up the shutout with a goal eight seconds before the final buzzer.
Thursday was Pleasanton’s first game since its regular-season finale March 9.
“Having three weeks between our last district game and this first playoff game, we were definitely rusty,” Brant Bird said. “…It was nice to have this first game to shake off that rust a little bit so we can head into our next game.”
The Lady Eagles took on Edinburg Quest in the area round Tuesday night at Alice’s Memorial Stadium. The result was not available at press time.
After Thursday’s match, Bird said off-ball movement and passing would be areas to fix moving forward.