BOYS SOCCER: Eagles Whip Travis for QF Berth; Dobie Falls to State Champs

BOYS SOCCER: Eagles Whip Travis for QF Berth; Dobie Falls to State Champs
Posted on 04/03/2015
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The action gets rough late in the first half as Pasadena's Omar Cabello (8) and Fort Bend Travis's Albert Djikend (10) vie for control of the ball.
9569PEARLAND -- Senior Julio Jimenez’s second goal of the game – an exquisite header with 7:34 left on the clock – carried the Pasadena Eagles to a 3-2 victory over Fort Bend Travis on Thursday night in a rough-and-tumble second-round state playoff match at Dawson High School.

The Eagles protected the lead – their only one of the game – through a bruising final minute that saw two Travis players ejected with red cards and two Pasadena players hit with yellow cards.

A Region III finalist last season, Pasadena will now take on Alief Elsik in the region quarter-finals. That game is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Manvel High School.

The Pasadena ISD’s other surviving boys team, Dobie, fell to defending state champion Fort Bend Clements 2-1 in overtime on Thursday night. The loss was just the second of the season for the Longhorns, the District 22-6A champions, and their first since Jan. 13.

Dobie had taken an early lead on a goal by Nixon Medgar, what proved to be the Longhorns only score of the game.

The Eagles, the third-place team in 22-6A, fell behind twice in the first half, forced a 2-2 tie at halftime and controlled most of the second half.

Travis jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a breakaway goal by Albert Djikeng just over 10 minutes into the game. Four minutes later, a goal by Jimenez tied it up.

The Tigers grabbed the lead back barely two minutes later on a goal by Sanad Jalajal. But with three minutes left in the half, Pasadena pulled even on a goal by Jorge Williams.

With overtime looming late in the second half, the Eagles’ Hector Sandoval deliver a perfect crossing pass that Jimenez head-butted into the goal for what proved to be the game-winner.

The Eagles will take a 12-5-7 record into their quarter-finals showdown against Elsik, the District 23-6A champion.

Celebration time again: Jimenez howls with delight after scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal with 7:34 left in the contest.

Travis's Dakota Hearrell and and Pasadena's Eduardo Salas battle for possession in the first half.

The Eagles' Hector Sandoval (4) hits the turf after being tripped by Travis's Carmello Bustos.

Pasadena's Oziel Alcarez attempts a direct kick. 

The Eagles' Eduardo Salas rips a kick toward the Travis goal. 

Gavin Bruce addresses his Eagles squad at halftime.

Pasadena's Brandon Franco launches a direct kick in the second half. The kick sailed wide.

In the chaotic final minute, in search of the tying goal, Travis's Roe Russey (14) uses a header to try to penetrate a maze of players from both teams.

Eagles Coach Gavin Bruce calms his emotional senior, Julio Jimenez, in the immediate aftermath of Pasadena's 3-2 victory.

A show of good sportsmanship: Seconds after the game ends, amid the frenzy and shock on both sides, Travis sophomore Garrett Urban tends to Pasadena's Hector Sandoval, stricken with a leg cramp.