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Trojan soccer earns ties with Eagles
by Bruce Harper
Mar 13, 2013 | 975 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Trojan goal keeper Marcos Ulloa meets and defeats two Pleasanton forwards in a fight for the ball in front of Beeville’s goal on Friday night. Ulloa came up with several good saves including stopping a penalty kick to help the Trojans to a 1-1 tie with the visiting Eagles.
Bruce Harper photo Trojan goal keeper Marcos Ulloa meets and defeats two Pleasanton forwards in a fight for the ball in front of Beeville’s goal on Friday night. Ulloa came up with several good saves including stopping a penalty kick to help the Trojans to a 1-1 tie with the visiting Eagles.
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Trojan mid-fielder/defender Kurt Trevino hustles after a Pleasanton forward during Friday’s match at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Teammate Ryan Casarez looks in on the action. The Beeville boys fought from behind to earn a 1-1 tie with the Eagles.
Bruce Harper photo Trojan mid-fielder/defender Kurt Trevino hustles after a Pleasanton forward during Friday’s match at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Teammate Ryan Casarez looks in on the action. The Beeville boys fought from behind to earn a 1-1 tie with the Eagles.
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BEEVILLE – When your soccer team is young and struggling a bit, a tie can be just as good as a win. Both the Trojan varsity and JV squads got good, hard-earned ties on Friday night at the expense of the visiting Pleasanton Eagles.

The junior varsity teams started off the evening, and the Eagles drew first blood with two first-half goals against the Trojans. The Beeville boys fought back and made it a 2-1 match with a goal from Robert Rodriguez with 4:07 left in the first half.

“The guys came out of the second half determined to not lose and they played that way. We did not give another goal,” said JV coach Joshua Blake.

Rodriguez came through with a match tieing goal with just 7:36 left to play. It was 2-2 with the clock running down.

“The last 10 minutes of the game we played shut down defense to stop the Eagles and ended the game in a tie. After the game, I told the guys that I was never more proud of tying a game in my life,” said Blake.

“I also told them that I was proud that they never gave up on the game and fought back.”

The varsity contest was also well played, on both sides of the field. The Eagles got an early advantage with a goal at the 34:02 mark of the first half. It could have easily been 2-0 as the Eagles got the benefit of a call inside the box and were awarded a penalty kick that put Trojan goal keeper Marcus Ulloa in a close one-on-one situation.

Ulloa blocked the head-on try by the Eagles to keep it a 1-0 match heading into the halftime break.

The second half was all defense and neither side was able to penetrate the other’s defense. Ulloa had several saves for the Trojans to keep the score at 1-0.

At the 7:00 minute mark of the game, Beeville forward Ryan Casarez broke in and open in front of the Pleasanton keeper. Casare’s kick went high but not too high. It arched over the out-stretched hands of the Eagles’ keeper and into the net for the tieing goal.

The defense then again took over, and the 1-1 score on the scoreboard became the final.

The boys played in San Antonio on Tuesday night. The McCollum Cowboys provided the opposition. On Thursday, the two squads will travel back to San Antonio for a match with the Southside Cardinals.

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