Shootout leaves Eagles as runners-up



Silberio Banda (7) dribbles past a Santa Gertrudis defender during the Eagles’ 7-0 win on Friday. J GARCIA | COURTESY PHOTO

Silberio Banda (7) dribbles past a Santa Gertrudis defender during the Eagles’ 7-0 win on Friday. J GARCIA | COURTESY PHOTO

The Pleasanton Eagles only suffered one loss in their home tournament and finished as runnersup after falling in a shootout to Gonzales in Saturday’s championship match.

Pleasanton trailed 1-0 in the match before Silberio Banda equalized with a penalty kick in the first half.

Gonzales would best the Eagles 5-4 from the penalty spot to take home the trophy.

Banda finished the tournament with a pair of goals and a pair of assists to his credit.

Banda’s two assists came in the Eagles’ 7-0 win over Santa Gertrudis Academy in the opening match on Friday.

Pleasanton didn’t take long to get on the board against SGA, with Timothy Klein catching the opposing goalkeeper out of position in the sixth minute. A minute later, Jose Perez slotted a through ball past SGA to double Pleasanton’s lead.

Two minutes after halftime, a header from Jose De La Cruz on a cross from Banda put Pleasanton up 3-0. In the 54th minute, Michael Arellano latched on to another one of Banda’s passes and finished to put Pleasanton up 4-0.

Francisco Banda made it 5-0 with a solo effort in the 61st minute. Carlos Garcia got on the score sheet by heading home a corner kick from De La Cruz in the 66th minute to put Pleasanton up 6-0.

The scoring was capped off in the 72nd minute when a cross from Jose Hernandez was finished off by foreign exchange student David Evans.

The Eagles then found tough sledding against San Antonio Cole in the semifinals on Friday.

Pleasanton and Cole were scoreless in the first half of the match.

The Eagles finally got their breakthrough in the 53rd minute when Silberio Banda drew contact in the box and a penalty. Banda calmly put his left foot through the ball and into the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

The goal would stand as the winner and send Pleasanton to the championship match.

The Eagles (4-3) hosted Floresville on Tuesday.

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