CARROLLTON — As the regular season dwindles down, the Prosper boys’ soccer team continues to inch closer to a district title. The team is currently sitting in second place, just a few points behind district leader RL Turner. With a win against Carrollton Creekview on Monday, March 6, Prosper’s championship dreams would become even more attainable.
The team wasted no time in taking down Creekview, defeating the Mustangs 3-0 in Monday’s meeting.
“We’re kind of hitting our stride at the right time, I think,” Head Coach Ryan Rogers said. “We struggled a bit in the middle of district … but we seem to be rolling right now.”
Carrollton Creekview entered the match looking to knock the Eagles out of district title contention. Prosper had a much different agenda for the night, however, as they immediately took control of the possession. The boys whipped up a series of threatening passes that almost gave them the lead early on, but the first goal proved to be allusive. Creekview retaliated with a strong attack of their own, but to no avail as the Prosper back line found the easy clearance.
The game became a chess match between the two teams, each exchanging their share of dangerous chances and almost-leads. Midway through the first half, the score was still deadlocked at 0-0, but the Eagles continued to push for the lead. They ramped up their pressure on the Mustangs, causing a crucial turnover leading to a fast-break counter attack. A Prosper player sent a ball into the backside of the box, where senior Cade Hill was waiting to tap it in. On his first attempt, he knocked the post, but was able to recover the rebound and slam home the second-chance shot.
The Eagles continued to dominate the attack, as senior Seth Vaz found himself almost extending the lead when his shot rattled off the crossbar. Creekview tried to even the score, but senior goalkeeper Josh Goss denied each attempt. With one minute remaining in the half, Prosper was awarded a free kick. Senior forward Boni Zarate would take the kick, ricocheting the twenty-five yard shot off the Creekview goalkeeper and into the back of the net. The boys would go into halftime with a two-goal advantage.
Both teams emerged in the second eager to get the victory, forcing turnovers and continuing the back-and-forth action from the first half. Again, Goss was a major catalyst for the Eagles, with several important saves to keep Creekview at scoreless. The teams exchanged possession and set pieces, but it was another Prosper counter attack that would extend the lead to three. Alex Vartabedian’s patient defending forced an important turnover. The freshman stole the ball from a Creekview defender, and calmly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper in the one-v-one challenge. Although the score was 3-0, Creekview did not give up in their attack. A Mustang player sent a sailing cross into box, finding the head of his teammate. It appeared to be the first goal for Creekview, but Cade York cleared the header out of play. Although Prosper gave up several fouls in the last eleven minutes of the match, they outlasted Creekview, taking home the 3-0 victory.
As it stands, Prosper still remains in second place behind Turner, with a district record of 9-2-2 (14-2-2 overall). In order to win the district, the Eagles must win their final match, and Turner must either lose or tie next week. The team has already clinched a playoff berth, but Rogers wants to take care of district before looking ahead to the post-season.
“We know that we’re in the playoffs, but we want to focus on winning that district championship before we do anything else,” Rogers said.
Prosper played their final regular-season game on Monday, March 13.