The third week of the Pleasanton Junior Football League 2011 regular season heated up on Saturday at Pleasanton Sports Park with teams like the Chargers, Patriots and Texans continuing their early-season success while teams including the Ravens and Cowboys earned their first victories of the season.
In the senior division, the Chargers improved to 3-0 with a victory over the previously undefeated 49ers who dropped to 2-1. The Cowboys earned their first victory of the season over the Steelers.
In advanced division play, the Texans recorded their third consecutive shutout to start the season with a win over the Cardinals. The Packers rebounded after a loss last week against the Saints.
In the junior varsity division, the Jaguars improved to 3-0 with a win over the Vikings and the Bills recorded their first shutout of the season with a victory over the Falcons.
In the intermediate division, the Patriots stayed unbeaten by edging the Broncos and the Colts improved to 2-1 with a win over the Panthers. The junior division Raiders remained unbeaten, defeating the Eagles, and the Ravens shut out the Dolphins for their first win of the season. In bantam division play, the Chiefs handed the Jets their second loss of the season and the Lions cruised to a victory over the Bears.
U9 Pandas top Pumas
The U9 Pumas jumped out to an early lead thanks to goals by Natshelly Campos and Kaamna Shankar. Keeper Emily Cassetti made save after save and used her head when needed. The Pandas fought back hard and tied the game, then completed the comeback when their third score whizzed past the Pumas' goalie with only minutes left in the contest. Kaamna Shankar of the Pumas was named top offensive player; Emily Cassetti was top defensive player.
Rage U-14 Black loses to Marin FC
The Rage U-14 suffered a loss to the Marin FC, but not without plenty of tough one-on-one battles and some great saves by goalies Bridgette Moe and Kelly O'Neill. Kyra Stemplinger, Sabrina Lillie, and Darcy Kron provided excellent offense, and outstanding defenders included Kate Chase, Shivi Bhatnager and Ashley Groth. The play of the game goes to Loren Roundtree who scored the only goal in the final five minutes, saving the team from a shutout. The team finished strong despite the loss.