Prosper 4, The Colony 0
The Lady Eagles continue to fly through district. With playoffs approaching, Prosper remains in first place after defeating The Colony 4-0 on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Coach Rafael Flores said that the game was a tough one, as the Lady Cougars battled for the duration of the game.
“They were physical, and it took us a while to get going, but once we did, I thought we played pretty well,” Flores said.
From the starting whistle, the Lady Eagles immediately pressured their opponent, pounding the Colony’s back line with high pressure. Sophomore Diana Ordonez opened the shooting with a hard shot off the top crossbar and out of bounds in the opening minutes. As the play continued, both teams had opportunities to take the lead and holding equal possession of the ball. But, to no surprise, it was the Lady Eagles who found the first goal.
Ordonez and a Colony player battled for a ball in the box; during the scramble, Ordonez was taken down and awarded a penalty kick. Junior Kat Rogers stepped up to take the kick, confidently producing the lead for her team. Five minutes later, senior Gabby Gamboa received a throw-in and played a brilliant cross into Ordonez, who controlled the ball from her chest and fired the volley home for goal number two. With the Colony still pressing hard for their first goal, Prosper remained patient in their attack. Freshman center back Lauren Lapomarda found some space to dribble out of the back, and played a beautifully lofted ball over the Cougar back line. Souphomore Hailey Davidson timed her run perfectly, took a touch inside, and slipped goal number three in the upper right side of the net.
The second half was pure Prosper, as the Lady Eagles continued to hold a high attacking presence. Quick build-up out of the back led to freshman Caroline Harvard playing another ball past the Cougar defense, finding a streaking Davidson on the left side. The sophomore forward advanced up the field and calmly laid the ball into the right side of the goal, extending the lead to four. Though the team posted several other opportunities to score, Davidson’s goal would end the scoring for the Lady Eagles.
“I just came back from an injury, so I’ve just been trying to do my best and rebuild myself,” said the sophomore forward about her two-goal performance.
Defensively, Prosper is seemingly unstoppable. Birmingham was crucial to the first-half shutout. She was called up to make several big saves, including a tough snatch from a 1v1 breakaway Cougar forward, to keep the Colony scoreless. Junior Peyton York had six saves in the second, and continues to be a vocal leader out of the back. The back line also remained solid, maintaining their strong defensive presence even with second half changes.
Flores said he wants to make sure everyone gets a chance to play in order to maintain their depth.
“It’s important that everyone gets quality minutes, (and) those kids that came in did a really good job,” he said.
Prosper will play next at Standridge Stadium on Friday against second place Carrollton Creekview at 7 p.m.