Christian players would be the first to tell you that Tuesday
afternoon's 4-1 victory over Plymouth Christian was deceptive.
Oakland clung to a narrow 2-1 advantage before tacking on a pair of goals in the game's final eight minutes.
"I thought we played a great game," said PCA coach Larry Machonga. "We had a number of chances that we didn't capitalize on. We had three break-aways and didn't score on any of them."
Caleb Stanko was virtually a one-man wrecking crew for Oakland, scoring three goals, including the only two in the first half.
Freshman Dan Ross cut the Eagles' deficit to 2-1 with a penalty kick early in the second half, but the Eagles would get no close. Ross's PK came after Alex Chapman was fouled in the 18-yard box.
"Dan played a great game, and he's only a freshman, so he has a very bright future," said Machonga.
Oakland outshot the Eagles, 18-16. PCA goal-keeper Jordan Allen made 14 saves.
Ed Wright can be reached at
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