DENTON — The early stages of high school soccer in Texas can be extremely frustrating given that most seasons begin in late December or early January — prime time for the weather to fluctuate conditions.
With winter in full effect in the Lone Star State, a sudden cold front delayed the Prosper High School varsity boys’ soccer team for their second tournament of the year. The team was scheduled to play the hosts Denton Ryan on Thursday, Jan. 11 to open the Denton ISD annual Iron Bridge Tournament, but due to freezing temperatures and a strong wind advisory, the team was forced to forgo match number one.
Instead, the team moved their attention to another difficult match-up against Frisco High School on Friday night. The Eagles were on the attack early and looked to net the first goal of the game in the opening minute but were denied by the keeper.
“The Frisco keeper was solid and made some good saves,” head coach Ryan Rogers said.
Since both Prosper and Frisco play a very similar style and formation, the match was played mostly in the midfield. With three central midfielders controlling the pace, it was difficult for either team to find the goal, resulting in a deadlocked 0-0 score at the halftime break. It was Frisco, however, that got on the board first. Following a Prosper corner kick, Frisco pounced on the counter attack that resulted in a goal.
“They got numbers up as we had pushed a lot of people up to try to take advantage of the corner and they put away a good shot,” Rogers said.
Frisco would later put away another goal and earn the 2-0 result, handing Prosper their first loss of the year.
The boys quickly recovered from the loss on Saturday morning when they defeated Abilene Cooper 2-0.
“We came out strong looking to bounce back from our loss the night before,” Rogers said. “From the opening whistle, we took control of the game and never really looked back.”
The Eagles controlled most of the game, creating early opportunities to score first, but it took almost a full half of play before the team finally converted. A Prosper player was taken down in the box, forcing the referee to award the Eagles a penalty kick. Senior Chris Nayler-Gress stepped up to the spot and calmly put away the first goal of the game. Fellow senior Noah Gonzalez slipped in goal number two off a long assist into the box by senior John Harryman. The two goals would hold for the remainder of the game.
The team is now 4-1 on the year. Since the opening tournament last weekend, ten different Prosper players have scored, racking up 17 total goals with just 3 goals against. Noah Martinez leads the way with three, followed by Jack Simonini, Chris Nayler-Gress, Cole Fedorcyzk and Talon Timmermans each with two a piece.
The varsity will be back in action this weekend at home for the Prosper Invitational. They will play on Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. against Northwest High School, followed by a late 6 p.m. kickoff against Rowlett on Jan. 19. They will round out the tournament on Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. against Dallas Molina.