DENTON — In the final match of the Denton Ryan Tournament, the boys’ soccer team would face a physical and technical opponent — the host team Denton Ryan. Prior to the match the Eagles boasted a 2-0 record in the tournament after defeating both Frisco High and McKinney High.
It was a bit of a rough start for Prosper, head coach Ryan Rogers said. It was Denton Ryan who held the majority of the possession in the first half, utilizing their high pressure and technical ability on the ball to maintain control of the game. Prosper was able to break through to the goal when senior Owen Baughman slipped a free kick past the Ryan goal keeper. During the second half, Prosper found their way back to their old ways, holding the ball and switching the play as they are so accustomed to doing. The Eagles had numerous close chances to extend the lead, however, tensions began to rise and several fouls were called, including a costly foul against a Prosper defender, who was sent off after receiving a card. The Raiders equalized on the free kick opportunity that ensued, making the score 1-1 with time dwindling down.
The Eagles didn’t give up, and in the final minutes of the game it was Cade Hill who rose as the hero. Defender Cole Fedorczyk slotted a beautiful cross into the box and onto the head of Hill, who headed away the game-winner, giving Prosper the 2-1 victory.
With the win, Prosper remains undefeated in the season with a 4-0 record. Coach Rogers said he was satisfied with the weekend’s results, emphasizing the importance of the team getting playing time.
“I thought the weekend was a success on a number of levels,” Rogers said. “It was great to get three wins, but we also got a chance to get some good playing time for everyone on the roster, which is invaluable. At this point in the season, you want to develop team chemistry and keep the guys injury-free. I think we succeeded on all of those fronts.”
The boys went back into action at home on Tuesday, Jan. 17, playing Denton Guyer.