Another week of high school soccer has been completed, and Prosper remains undefeated. The Lady Eagles played two games, grabbing wins against two Carrollton schools. The Lady Eagles had to rely on much of its bench this week, as several of the usual starters were unable to play. The games was also a test of Coach Rafael Flores’ depth and with playoffs around the corner, it is important to see who is able to step up during competition.
Prosper 7, Newman Smith 0
The Lady Eagles were escorted out at the Feb. 22 game by several of the local recreational soccer teams, including U6 Crush, FC USA Dynamos 04, U6 Eaglettes and the U8 Honey Bees. The teams were excited to watch Prosper take on the Lady Trojans in the contest. However, Prosper’s usual quick start seemed to be muted by the chaos of the pregame activities.
The girls would string together a series of passes before a Newman Smith defender would swipe it away. As the half proceeded, the girls began to settle into their usual style of play. They began advancing up the field, creating multiple chances to grab a lead, but nothing wanted to fall for the Lady Eagles.
Senior Gabby Gamboa opened up with a quick turn and shot that dipped over the crossbar. Another chance occurred after a corner served in by junior Kat Rogers found the head of a Prosper player on the back post, but the header ricocheted off the crossbar and into the hands of the Smith goalkeeper. Senior Katie Lapomarda also had great opportunity, but her shot hooked just wide of the goal.
One of the best chances of the half came after the center midfielders combined several one-touch passes around the Lady Trojans. Kat Rogers found Kristen Knipe out wide, and Knipe sent a beautiful ball into the box at the feet of Mo Ordonez, but her first-touch shot was short of crossing the goal line. Prosper did manage to score a couple of goals, but were called back on questionable offsides calls by the referee. Despite the adversity, it was Lapomarda who would give her team the eventual lead after ripping a hard shot at the top of the box. The ball dipped past the Smith goalie, giving the Prosper the 1-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Smith came into the second half with some fire, and the game became a bit chippy with both teams being called for fouls. By the middle of the half, the score remained 1-0, and the game had become more of a kickball match with both teams looking to find a goal. The game took a much-needed halt when junior Briana Pascale collided with the Smith goalkeeper, taking a hard tackle to the ground.
Twenty-six minutes remained on the clock, and the Lady Eagles finally broke the deadlock. They were awarded a free kick at the 50-yard line, and Lapomarda drove home a long, lofted shot. The Smith goalie made the initial save, but senior Amelia Webb was able to tap home the rebound.
Two minutes later, Gamboa hit a shot 30 yards out that went completely through the keeper’s hands. A minute after that, Rogers sent in another perfect corner kick that Adeline Webb was able to put away. Goal No. 5 was a penalty kick awarded to Diana Ordonez, with Rogers tucking away the PK.
Gamboa would again find the goal on a free kick, and the last goal was a calm one-on-one for Diana Ordonez, who slipped the ball past the goalie. In a span of six minutes, the Lady Eagles were able to deliver seven goals to push past Newman Smith for the victory.
Prosper 8, RL Turner 1
The high-attacking Prosper Lady Eagle offense was once again at their highest caliber on Friday night. The girls defeated Turner 8-1, with goals scored by senior Mo Ordonez, sophomore Diana Ordonez, freshman Caroline Havard, junior Kat Rogers, senior Alyssa Thompson and senior Gabby Gamboa who scored twice.
The Lady Lions also conceded its own goal, but were awarded a late penalty kick in the second half to give them a goal. Coach Flores said that the girls played great for the entire game, emphasizing their ability to working well and finish in the attacking third.
All 25 players were able to play in the game, and Flores said it was a total team effort. He hopes that it will give them some momentum and confidence going into next week’s games. Tuesday night’s game against McKinney North is the last home game of the season for the Lady Eagles, and they will be honoring nine graduating seniors before kickoff.