BOYS SOCCER: Eagles Get Best of First-Place Horns in Shootout

BOYS SOCCER: Eagles Get Best of First-Place Horns in Shootout
Posted on 02/28/2015
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(Top) Dobie defenders Gerardo Infante (3), Nixon Urrutia (8), Jose Reyes (5), Edgar Lima (22) and Sergio Quintanilla (10) prepare for a collision with a direct kick in front of their goal on Friday night. (Below) Urrutia, Reyes and Quintanilla fly around like bowling pins as the ball sails by -- wide of the goal.
8805The scoreboard at Veterans Memorial Stadium didn’t reflect it, but both boys soccer teams from Pasadena and Dobie came away from Friday night’s District 22-6A showdown feeling like winners.

After a 2-2 regulation tie and 10 straight successful penalty kicks, the Eagles prevailed in a 6-5 shootout that actually allowed both teams to march closer their immediate goals in the home stretch of the district race.

By picking up two points on the basis of their shootout edge, the Eagles stayed nose-to-nose with Memorial for the No. 2 spot in the standings. The Mavericks, who beat Alvin 4-0 on Friday night, have 23 point in the standings, same as the Eagles.

Front-runner Dobie, meanwhile, used the one-point pickup to take another step – albeit a small one – in the direction of a district championship.

The Longhorns, 13-1-2 for the season and 9-0-2 in district play, need to win only one of their remaining five games to clinch a playoff spot. By winning just two of those five, Dobie will clinch the district title.

The Eagle-Longhorns shootout was decided on the 11th and 12th kicks. With the points knotted at 5-5, Pasadena goalkeeper Diego Pineda snuffed a kick by Dobie’s No. 16 to maintain the tie. The Eagles Jason Hernandez ended it by punching a shot past Longhorns goalkeeper Rigoberto Fuentes.

Pineda also provided the second of Pasadena's tie-breaker kicks.

After 53 minutes of scoreless play in regulation, Dobie’s Josue Villalta broke the ice with a goal off an assist from No. Sergio Quintanilla. Just 43 seconds later, Pasadena’s Jose Silva broke free and tied it up again.

With just over 11 minutes left in regulation, the Longhorns took the lead again on a goal by Edgar Arzate off a throw-in.

Then, with just over five minutes left, the Eagles’ Roger Escobar tied it at 2-2 with a goal into the left side of the net from 50 feet out.

Dobie's Sabino Lozano (7) and Pasadena's Jose Sanchez (21) fight for control of the ball.

Eagles goalkeeper Diego Pineda take time during the shootout to bang home the second of Pasadena's six kicks.

Pasadena's Oziel Alcarez (9) reverses a pass as Dobie's Sergio Quintanilla gives chase.

Dobie's Santos Blanco (13) and Pasadena's Alcarez race for the ball.

Dobie's Nixon Urrutia slides a shootout kick just inside the right post.