The Lady Eagles have had a tremendous season. As one of the only undefeated teams remaining in the area, the girls continue to shine in district play. This week, Prosper celebrated senior night against McKinney North on Feb. 28, and traveled to the Colony on Mar. 3. Both games swung in favor of the Lady Eagles, adding two more wins to an already outstanding 21-0 record.
Prosper 2, McKinney North 0
McKinney North traveled to Prosper resting in third place in District 14-5A with a record of 8-4-0 (12-6-1 overall). Prior to the match, nine Lady Eagles were recognized in a senior night celebration as it was the last home game of the year. All festivities aside, when the opening whistle blew, the Lady Eagles were ready to play. Prosper battled with strong winds at their back in the first, and struggled to build up their possession play. McKinney North looked to capitalize early, but Prosper was solid defensively. They picked up the tempo on the Lady Bulldogs, winning several chances including back-to-back set pieces by senior Gabby Gamboa that were just barely missed.
North’s goalkeeper was kept busy in the first half, stopping some close shots from Gamboa and sophomore Diana Ordonez to keep the score level at 0-0. Midway into the half, the Lady Eagles would take the lead as both Ordonez and Gamboa found the back of the net. After receiving a bouncing ball from the back line, Gamboa gracefully chested the ball out of the air at the 25-yard line, turned and ripped a rocket of a shot past the North goalkeeper. A few minutes later, Diana Ordonez converted a Kat Rogers corner to double the lead. The two-goal advantage would carry into the second half.
Despite the change of direction, the Lady Eagles increased their attacking pressure on North in the second half. They peppered the North goalie with shot after shot and had some promising chances to extend the lead, but the Lady Eagles couldn’t convert. The first half goals held through the remaining minutes of the game, bringing the final score to 2-0.
Flores said he was more than satisfied with the win.
“McKinney North is a quality team; their keeper came up big in the first half,” Flores said. “We were playing a good team that needed a win.”
The team next traveled to The Colony to take on the Lady Cougars in a Friday night showdown.
Prosper 9, The Colony 1
The Lady Eagles brought the heat to the Colony on March 3. As usual, the girls got on the board first within 15 minutes of the first. In an email, Flores said that the team moved the ball around fairly well, but had to adjust to the Colony’s high back line.
“They played flat in the back and pushed way up on us,” he said in the email. “It took us a bit to figure that out, but when we did we took advantage.”
Toward the end of the first, Prosper had racked up three goals against their opponent. But the Colony didn’t want to go down without a fight, as they found their own goal in the dying minutes of the half, making the halftime score 3-1.
Flores said the girls came out on fire in the second, scoring within the first minute off of a short corner converted by Katie Lapomarda. The Lady Eagles would add five more goals before the final whistle, with goals scored by sophomore Hailey Davidson with three, sophomore Diana Ordonez with two, senior Gabby Gamboa with two and seniors Mo Ordonez and Katie Lapomarda with one a piece.
Flores said he is most proud of the way the girls played as a team, remarking on their ability to play unselfishly even in the last moments of the game.
“The girls were really focusing on the little things even when the game was well in hand,” Flores said.
With Friday’s victory, Prosper clinched the district title and get a bid in the post season.
“It was nice to wrap up the district championship, but we were subdued after game,” Flores said. “… We have our sights set on bigger things… I am proud of the girls and what they’ve done, and all they continue to do.”
The Lady Eagles turned their focus next to Monday night’s match against Carrollton Creekview.
“We will have our hands full on Monday,” Flores said in an email last week. “We must treat all of our remaining district games as a dress rehearsal for playoffs.”