The La Vernia Bear soccer team took out the Pleasanton Eagles, 5-1, during a round two district game Feb. 21 in La Vernia.
Both teams honored former La Vernia student and soccer star Miguel De La Torre, who died last year in a car accident, by wearing blue socks with his No. 9 on the back.
The Pleasanton Eagles took control of the ball first and moved in quickly for an attack, but goalie Bryce Crane was able to block their first attempt.
At the opposite end of the field, the La Vernia Bears scored five times. The first goal came with 32 minutes left in the first half, from a header by Rudy Cruz off of a corner kick.
Less than a minute later, Pedro Carranza scored on an open field shot. Pleasanton just couldn’t get into position to score, with shots from the outside easily blocked by Crane.
The Eagles were carded for a foul toward the end of the half, and Carranza put one more in from a free kick around the Eagles’ wall to bring the score to 3-0.
It was back and forth for the first 20 minutes of the second half, with neither team being able to score. Then La Vernia stole an errant pass and kicked it deep into Eagle territory. Pleasanton defenders scrambled for the ball, but were out-paced by Saul De La Torre, who passed to Carranza for an easy goal. Pleasanton drove down the field in immediate response and put one into the back of the net to bring the score to 4-1, La Vernia.
The Bears played cat and mouse with the Eagles, until another errant pass from Pleasanton was intercepted by La Vernia, which converted into a goal by Cruz, bringing the final score to 5-1.
La Vernia went on to tie its next district game against Somerset on Feb. 24, 1-1, continuing to lead the district with a 3-0-1 record and a 10-6-1 overall record. They take on Pleasanton again March 3.