Prosper High School kick-started their soccer season this week, beginning with a chilly scrimmage against neighboring Frisco Centennial on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The Titans traveled to Prosper High for the match.
The Eagles have an experienced team returning to the pitch this season, with seven seniors and eleven juniors on the roster. There are also some fresh new faces, including a pair of sophomores and a pair of freshmen. Head Coach Ryan Rogers said he is eager to watch his team play this year.
“There is a great mix of young talent and veteran leadership,” said Rogers. “The boys genuinely enjoy playing with each other as a team, (and have) the potential to make a push for a district championship and a run into the playoffs.”
Last season they ended with a record of 9-8-3.
After a victory from the JV2 team and a close 1-0 loss by the JV squad, the varsity took to the field at 7:30 p.m. Rogers said the scrimmage would give him an opportunity to finally see his team in action.
“Going into the match we really wanted to work on two things: applying pressure as high up the field as possible and our transition game,” Rogers said. “It was also a great opportunity to get a look at our depth against a quality opponent.”
The first half of the match was fairly even, with both Centennial and Prosper maintaining relatively even possession. The match almost swung in favor of the Eagles after two very close corner kick opportunities taken by senior Boni Zarate (7) and junior Noah Martinez (6). The half ended with a nearly scored opportunity by junior Sergio Hurtado (2), with his first-time shot missing just inches wide of the goal in the last few seconds.
The Eagles began the second half on the attack, with several chances on goal. Centennial had its share of chances, but it was Prosper who broke the deadlock. After winning a corner kick, Hurtado headed away a beautiful cross in the box by Noah Hernandez. With eight minutes left in the game, junior Joe Vannette (20) sealed the victory with the final goal of the match. The forward picked off a pass from a Centennial player at half-field, dribbled up the field, and fired in a low shot into the bottom left corner of the goal. In a last minute scramble, Prosper’s goalkeeper Josh Goss was able to hold off a desperate attack from their opponent, making the final score 2-0 in favor of the home team.
“Overall, I felt the team performed very well,” Rogers said. “They worked hard all over the field, and they were rewarded for their efforts with a win.”
The Eagles will be in action again this weekend. The junior varsity teams played Allen on Tuesday while the varsity will play at the Denton Ryan tournament Thursday to Saturday against Frisco, McKinney and Ryan.