Prosper vs. A&M Consolidated, 6-0
As the new year begins, the girls’ varsity soccer team has had an explosive start to their season. After competing in the alumni game and a pre-season scrimmage against Royse City, Coach Raphael Flores and the team jumped on a bus heading south to College Station, Texas, for a four-game tournament showcase.
The Lady Eagles are returning to the pitch after a very impressive 2015-2016 season. Last year they finished with a record of 19-2-4, making it to the state quarterfinals, losing to the eventual state champions, Frisco Centennial. And with the after losing just five seniors, the nineteen returning players are eager to make it back to the playoffs, with help from the six newcomers. Junior captain Kat Rogers (15) is ready for the season, looking forward to continuing the winning tradition at Prosper High.
“We’re a really close as a team off the field, which I think translates to on-the-field chemistry,” Rogers said.
In the first match of the tournament, the Lady Eagles played the co-hosts A&M Consolidated. The opponent was listed as the No. 10 team in the state in the preseason rankings, and Coach Flores knew going in it would be a challenging match up.
“We knew it’d be a tough test,” Flores said. “Especially since its their tournament that they co-host, and we’re playing on their home field in their home opener.”
The ranking didn’t seem to phase the girls, however. According to David Campbell of The Eagle, Prosper’s opening drive came from senior forward Gabby Gamboa (23), who had a very close opportunity within the first minute of the game. Forty seconds later, she found sophomore Diana Ordonez (26) for the opening goal of the game.
And the goals kept coming.
Senior Adeline Webb (18) scored next, followed by a 21-yard shot by Gamboa, all within 10 minutes of the first half. They maintained control in the remainder of the half, adding goals from senior Katie Lapomarda (11) and Ordonez again to make it 5-0 at the half. The last goal came at the end of the game by Gamboa, making the final score 6-0.
Prosper vs. Friendswood, 4-0
This high-intensity, attacking mentality became a trend for the girls throughout the tournament. In their second match, this time against Friendswood, they again dominated from the first whistle, taking an early lead, and maintaining the majority of the possession. Goals were scored by Gamboa, senior Mo Ordonez (12) and Rogers, who scored twice, giving Prosper the 4-0 win.
Rogers said she believed the win was a total team effort.
“Wins are always important but our goal as a team is to play together and play good soccer,” she said. “I think that if we can do that, then the results will show it.”
Prosper vs. Clear Lake, 3-0
As the tournament continued, so did the Lady Eagles’ success. Next up on the schedule was Clear Lake on Jan. 6.
Clear Lake was a much more defensive team with five defenders in the back, making it difficult for Prosper to find the goal. But Flores says his team’s biggest strength is their ability to adapt, and adapt they did.
“We have a way we like to play, but we’re just trying to get goals on the scoreboard and come out on top at the end.” Flores said. “When we play the best we can play, we like our chances against anyone we match up against.”
The Lady Eagles posted another shut-out thanks to the two goalkeepers Haley Birmingham (senior, 1) and Peyton York (junior, 0), who are splitting time in each game. They also added three more goals in the 3-0 finish. Ordonez had a goal, and Lapomarda scored twice in the 3-0 victory.
Prosper will play next on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 12 p.m. The Lady Eagles will be taking on Austin del Valle in the conclusion of their tournament in College Station. With a win, they will move to a 4-0 record for the season.