PLANO — The Prosper boys’ soccer team’s playoff run came to a close on Friday night following a penalty shootout with Lovejoy. Coach Ryan Rogers and the team were coming off an eight-game winning streak, with their last win being over Frisco Centennial in the first round. Lovejoy was also flying high after both capturing the District 15-5A Championship and defeating Sulphur Springs 5-2 in the first round of playoffs.
The first half of the game was tactical, as both teams tried to figure out each other’s style of play. Prosper captured the possession early, as Lovejoy chose to sit back defensively. The Eagles were not satisfied with just possessing, however, and increased their attack on the Leopards. Rogers said the team looked dangerous early on, and could have taken the lead at any moment, but could not seem to find the back of the net. Lovejoy also could not convert any chances, and the score remained deadlocked at 0-0 going into halftime.
The second half was no different, as neither team seemed willing to concede a goal. After two periods of overtime, it was clear that only penalty kicks could separate the two to determine a winner. Lovejoy’s goalkeeper stepped up in the shootout, saving three of Prosper’s five shots to end the Eagles’ season. Rogers and his team ended their season with an overall record or 16-3-2. They will be graduating six seniors.
Despite the loss, Rogers said he is very proud of his boys.
“I’m really proud of all this team has accomplished this season,” he said. “It was a special group of guys that worked hard every day and played for each other.”