Seven seniors suited up for their final game at Prosper High School on a chilly Monday evening. Head Coach Ryan Rogers assembled a mostly-senior lineup for the 7:15 p.m. match against the Lake Dallas Falcons in the last regular season game.
Prosper took quick control of the possession in the opening minutes, but didn’t really challenge the Lake Dallas goal keeper.
“We couldn’t really get much going with (our possession); we weren’t really penetrating very well, we were just possessing to possess,” Rogers said.
Senior Cade Hill was a strong offensive presence for the Eagles, earning several chances on goal for his team. Lake Dallas picked up their intensity 15 minutes into the half, earning a dangerous corner kick that skimmed wide of the goal. The Falcon pressure caused some turnovers for Prosper, including a dangerous scramble in front of the goal.The Falcons found some space inside the box to combine and eventually get the shot off, but Cade York made the crucial goal-line clearance to keep the score level.
As the half winded down, both teams were eager to earn the advantage moving into halftime. Senior Boni Zarate tried to give his team the lead with two shots, both recovered by the Lake Dallas goalie. After a failed set piece by the Falcons, Zarate combined with fellow senior Seth Vaz to work the ball up the field. Vaz’s final shot went just wide into the side-netting. In the final 10 minutes, it was Vaz again with an impressive long-range shot that appeared to dip into the goal, but the assistant referee made no call, and the game remained tied at halftime.
The second half saw Prosper attacking Lake Dallas with much more authority. Junior Cole Fedorczyk had a great one-on-one opportunity with the goalie after a brilliant pass from Chris Nayler-Gress, but the Falcon keeper came down on the ball to deny him the goal. Zarate sliced his way through the Lake Dallas back line, but his shot also hit side-netting.
Finally the Prosper offensive was able to capitalize on their building momentum. Outside defender Sergio Hurtado found Seth Vaz down the line. Vaz skillfully maneuvered his way through two defenders before playing a lofted ball into the box. Noah Martinez volleyed the cross out of the air, tucking the shot into the right corner of the goal to give Prosper the lead.
The Falcons tried to retaliate with a dangerous set of chances in the box, but the Eagle defense quickly sent the ball out of play.
Prosper added a few more shots on goal in an attempt to extend the lead, but the Lake Dallas goal keeper came up with some big saves. With five minutes remaining, however, it was Ivan Flores who became the hero. The center back stole the ball from an advancing Lake Dallas forward and worked his way up the field, combining with the midfield through the Falcon defense. Martinez’s final cross landed perfectly onto the foot of Flores, who slammed a powerful volley over the head of the goalie. The goal secured the 2-0 win for Prosper.
Despite the victory, Prosper ends the regular season in second place behind RL Turner, winning nine games, losing two and tying two (14-2-2 overall). They will wait to learn who they play in the first round of playoffs.
“It was nice to get a win,” Rogers said. “I was happy for the seniors on senior night to go out with a win; it’s a good way to go into the playoffs. … We’re really proud of the way we finished.”
For the seven seniors, they said they enjoyed their last time playing at home.
“It’s definitely good to have playoffs to look forward to,” senior goalkeeper Josh Goss said. “But it’s definitely going to be a moment tonight. … I’m going to have to do some reflecting on it.”
Jacob Trevino also said he would miss playing under the Prosper lights.
“Growing up here in Prosper and going through the program … you always want to be on varsity,” Trevino said. “We’re just gonna take everything one game at a time.”