Following a brief two-game losing stint, the Prosper boys’ soccer team seems to have recovered, winning consecutive games for the last two weeks. After adding two more wins from this week’s matches, the boys have moved into second place in District 14-5A with an 8-2-2 district record (13-2-2 overall).
Prosper 2, McKinney North 1
The boys team traveled to McKinney on Tuesday, Feb. 28 for their second match-up against the Bulldogs of McKinney North. Head Coach Ryan Rogers said in an email that the game started quickly, as the Eagles were eager to get on the board early. Although the boys did have several chances to get that early lead, they were not able to convert, and both teams began battling back and forth for control of the match.
Since McKinney North had the wind at their backs in the first, they tried to use it to their advantage by berating the Eagles with shot after shot. Midway into the half, the Bulldogs finally scored to give them the one-goal advantage going into half time. Prosper was not discouraged, however, and leveled the playing field with a powerful long-ranged shot from senior Boni Zarate. They would take the lead a minute later when Cade York capitalized on a free kick following a scramble in the box.
The rest of the match saw Prosper settle down and control the tempo of the game defensively. They continued to possess the ball well for the remainder of the half, and rode out the rest of the game for the 2-1 victory. The Eagles came back home on Friday, March 3 to take on the Colony in a rematch of last game’s loss.
Prosper 2, the Colony 1
Following Tuesday’s win, the boys came back home to continue their winning ways against a strong team in the Colony. Prior to Friday’s match, the Cougars defeated Prosper in their previous matchup earlier in the district season 1-0, but Rogers emphasized that the boys were ready to avenge the loss.
The Eagles looked dangerous early in the game, with several threatening chances in the Colony’s attacking third. They continued to be persistent in their attack and finally were able to convert an opportunity when senior Boni Zarate scored off of the long throw-in into the box. Zarate would score again later in the half after Cade York slipped in a cross for the 2-0 advantage.
The Colony would soon retaliate with their own goal in the second half. Prosper would tighten up their defense for the rest of the game, battling back and forth with the Cougars. Prosper goalkeeper Josh Goss was crucial in the second half, making several key saves to keep the Colony from tying the game and holding the score at 2-1, extending the Prosper winning streak to six games in a row.
Following this week’s matches, the boys in green are just two points shy of first place behind RL Turner, and have secured a place in the playoffs. This is the sixth time in seven years that the Prosper boys’ soccer team has seen post-season play, but they first had to get through a tough Carrollton Creekview team on Monday, Mar. 6.
Rogers says they still have an opportunity to win the district with two more wins and a Turner loss. However, he wants his boys to remain focused on the game ahead against Creekview.
“We are happy that we have clinched a spot (in the playoffs), but at the moment we want to finish as high in the district standings as possible,” Rogers said. “I expect Monday’s game to be a battle. They are chasing us for second place, so they will give everything they have.”