Coach Rafael Flores watched the Lady Eagles soccer team take the field on the evening of Monday, March 6. As the game kicked off, he knew it would be challenging, as several odds were stacked against his team. Their opponent, Carrollton Creekview, sat in second place, eager to dethrone the undefeated champions. As the team tried to maintain its championship status, the wind would become the true villain, acting as a deterrent against Lady Eagles for the entirety of the match.
Prosper’s second-to-last game of the regular season would prove to be one of their most challenging games of the year.
In an email, Flores said that it was a difficult game to watch.
“We took the wind in the first half,” Flores said. “But struggled to get anything going. We hit the post of couple of times, but we weren’t our normal selves.”
Prosper attempted several combinations — Creekview was strong defensively, shutting down the normally powerful Prosper offense. By halftime, both teams were held scoreless, and it seemed there would be little recovery for either team.
The wind continued to be a factor in the second half, and although Flores said that his team did pick up their game, the Lady Eagles still could not break the scoring deficit. It wasn’t for lack of effort, however, as the team was able to double their shot count while shooting against the wind. They continued to battle with the Lady Mustangs for the rest of the match. Both teams tried to find the back of the net, but as time was exhausted neither team had a scoring advantage. For the first time all season, the undefeated Prosper Lady Eagles headed into overtime.
The shootout gave Prosper some new life, however, as all five shooters confidently sank their shots. Junior goalkeeper Peyton York made a crucial save against the first Creekview shooter to ultimately help her team seal the victory 5-4. Although the shootout was not the ideal outcome, Flores said that it gives the girls good experience going into the post-season.
“We are still unsure of who our first-round opponent will be, but regardless, we are just trying to stay in the moment,” Flores said. “We like to think we haven’t played our best soccer yet, so we are focusing on that.”
Flores and the Lady Eagles played their last regular season district game on Monday, March 13 against Lake Dallas. Prosper has already clinched the District 14-5A Championship, and will have to wait for the conclusion of season to learn who they will take on in the opening round of the playoffs.
“We look to finish off our undefeated season on Monday before wiping the slate clean and starting playoffs,” Flores said.