PROSPER — After a successful 2017 campaign, the Prosper High School boys soccer program is ready to build from last year’s successes.

With an overall record of 16-3-2, the Eagles finished second in District 14-5A behind Carrolton RL Turner last year. Two of the team’s three losses came in the opening half of district, falling to both The Colony and Carrollton Creekview.

The team quickly responded in the latter half of district, avenging both losses for an undefeated close in the regular season. They carried their winning success into the opening round of the playoffs, where a late second-half goal lifted the Eagles over area rivals Frisco Centennial for the Bi-District Championship.

Their playoff run was cut short in the Area Championship after a 120-plus minute battle against Lovejoy High School. A scoreless regulation and two overtimes meant the game would be decided in penalties, where the Leopards pulled away to advance to the Regional Quarterfinal. Prior to the loss, the team was riding an eight-game winning streak.

Led by head coach Ryan Rogers, the Eagles are ready to bounce back in a big way in the 2018 season.

“We have been working hard this offseason to get prepared for the upcoming season,” Rogers said. “They boys have endured long days of condition coupled with intense field sessions that were designed to build chemistry and encourage competition.”

Rogers is currently in his 11th season at Prosper High School, and he will be returning several players for the new year.

This year’s team is full of upperclassmen, as Rogers will have 14 seniors, 3 juniors and 5 sophomores competing for a spot on the field.

Senior Cash Varner will return as Prosper’s goalkeeper this year. He saw significant playing time last season, and will be accompanied by fellow senior Oliver Hernandez. Rogers did not specify who would be in goal for the Eagles, but the two will have a big role on the team with their senior leadership.

Also returning to the pitch are seniors Cole Fedorczyk, Sergio Hurtado, Ivan Flores and Chris Nayler-Gress. All had an impressive campaign last year and will be eager to end their careers at Prosper on a high-note.

With a senior-heavy team, Rogers said he is excited about the potential of the team and the players on his roster.

“We feel everyone on our team has the ability to be impact players for us,” Rogers said about the new roster. “The team is full of players that give great effort and really work well together.”

That roster will first be tested at home, where the Eagles will begin their quest towards the district championship.

Similar to the women’s schedule, the Eagles will open their season with back-to-back tournaments. Beginning with the Prosper Showcase, the Eagles will then get on the road for the Denton Tournament before returning home for the annual Prosper Invitational. They will begin district play against Little Elm at home on Jan. 30 at 7:15 p.m.