The Lady Eagles just can’t stop winning.
They have remained undefeated through preseason and district competition, adding two more wins this week against both R.L. Turner and McKinney North.
And they can’t stop scoring either. They’ve scored 61 goals this season — and still only allowed one. Their dominating presence on the field can be attributed to the team-first mentality established by head coach Rafael Flores.
“We really preach maximizing our own potential and controlling what we can control,” Flores said. “The girls do a great job of patrolling themselves as far as working hard … and I want them to just continue to focus on giving everything they’ve got to their school and their teammates.”
Prosper 9, R.L. Turner 0
Prosper again demonstrated their high-caliber offense in the opening minutes of the match against R.L. Turner on Jan. 31. Flores said he emphasized the importance of the girls maintaining their focus and starting the game strong, and the girls happily delivered. Within the first four minutes, the Lady Eagles opened the scoring arsenal, creating a 2-0 advantage for the rest of the game. Prosper continued to dictate the match, controlling the possession and leading the attack. Most of the game was played on Turner’s defensive half. At halftime, Prosper lead the Lady Lions 5-0, adding 4 in the second to make the final score 9-0. Eight individual players scored in the dismantling, including sophomore Diana Ordonez with two, junior Kristin Knipe, senior Katie Lapomarda, junior Kat Rogers, junior Cameron Larson, freshman Lauren Miller, sophomore Hailey Davidson and senior Gabby Gamboa.
Prosper 4, McKinney North 0
Following Tuesday’s win, the Lady Eagles would have a more difficult match up against district rival McKinney North on Feb. 3. Both Prosper and North were undefeated in District 14-5A prior to the game, both sitting as the top two teams in the rankings.
“North had a great preseason, and we knew they’d be up for us since the game was in McKinney,” coach Flores said.
But Prosper has a history of dominating even the most formidable of opponents, and North was no different.
“Explosive starts” have become textbook for the Lady Eagle soccer philosophy. They began the match by pressing North hard looking to create an early turnover, resulting in some early chances on goal in the first five minutes. The Lady Eagles were awarded several corners, but could not seem to convert the chances until midway through the first, when senior Adeline Webb finally finished the cross. Senior Mo Ordonez would double the lead later in the half after slipping a shot past the North goalkeeper. Coming into the second, Prosper continued their momentum, adding two more goals to their lead. Senior Gabby Gamboa ripped a beautiful shot from outside that box, and sophomore Hailey Davidson would score the game’s concluding goal off a bouncing ball at a tough angle — making the score 4-0 at the end of the game.
Prosper is in sole control of first place, and remains undefeated after the week’s victories. They have an overall record of 13-0, and are 4-0 in district. The girls will look to continue their season-long winning streak on Tues., Feb. 7 against the Colony.
“It feels good to be undefeated, but we don’t try to focus on it too much,” Flores said. “We really work on keeping our focus on our next opponent. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.”