From Staff Reports
The Lady Eagles continued their non-district schedule last past week by hosting Little Elm on Tuesday and traveling to the Hebron Tournament over the weekend. After Tuesday’s test, the Lady Eagles would face some stiff competition in Hebron and find out how they would match up against some of the state’s top teams.
On Tuesday, Little Elm came to Prosper to renew an old rivalry that produced some entertaining and physical games in years past. Prosper didn’t do much to make Little Elm feel very welcome as they dominated every aspect of the game and lit up the scoreboard. Prosper would take the game 10-1 and set their eyes on Thursday when they would face Frisco Wakeland.
The Lady Eagles traveled to Hebron late Thursday night to take part in their opening match of the tournament against Frisco Wakeland. The Lady Eagles would have their hands full against a perennial powerhouse and a recent state champion in Frisco Wakeland, but the Lady Eagles were eager to make a statement.
In the first 30 seconds, the Lady Eagles attacked the Wakeland defense and hit the crossbar in the opening moments. Prosper immediately had the attention of their neighbors down the tollway. The battle would continue throughout the first half as both teams would create quality chances to score.
The half ended tied at zero with both teams needing some much needed rest. The second half picked up right where the first one left off.
The Lady Eagles looked tired early on and it looked as though they would be unable to find the back of the net. Finally, with 12 minutes left in the game, Prosper countered off of a Wakeland attack and find the back of the net. The Lady Eagles would hold on and beat the third ranked 4A team in state 1-0.
Although a great victory for the program, Prosper had little time to celebrate. The Lady Eagles faced tournament host and the 9th ranked 5A team in the state, Hebron, on Friday.
From the opening moments against Hebron, Prosper saw the quality of the Hebron team and look to make a name for themselves. The Lady Eagles matched the physicality and intensity of Hebron and made it known that they were going nowhere.
Hebron earned a penalty kick halfway through the first half, but the Prosper keeper turned away the shot to keep the score tied at zero.
In the second half, Prosper would not back down, but Hebron would find the game’s opening goal and take the lead. Prosper battled, but things looked bleak late into the second half.
Finally on another counter attack, Prosper scored on the 5A giants and tie the game at 1-1. Prosper looked to hold on to the tie and send the game into penalty kicks, but Hebron showed why they are one of the best 5A teams in the state and hit a beautiful set piece into the upper 90 of the Prosper goal with 19 seconds remaining, giving Hebron a 2-1 win.
In Saturday’s finale, the Lady Eagles took on 5A Garland. Prosper went right at them from the get go and scored in 30 seconds. The Lady Eagles sustained constant pressure on the Garland defense throughout the game. When it was all over, Prosper handed Garland home with an 8-0 defeat.
After last week’s games, Prosper’s record moves to 8-1 on the year.