CARROLLTON — The boys varsity soccer team at Prosper High School continued its five-game winning streak on Friday, Feb. 2, against Carrollton Newman Smith. The team defeated the Trojans 4-0 on the road, extending the winning streak to six games and closing the first week of district with a 2-0 record (9-1 overall).
“It took us a while to find our groove, but the team persevered and kept fighting, which was great to see,” head coach Ryan Rogers about the win.
The match was the first of many road trips for the Eagles this season in district, who defeated Little Elm at home on Tuesday 5-0. For a team used to practicing and playing on their home turf field, playing at Newman Smith posed a challenge for the Eagles because the grass field was unfamiliar.
“It took us a bit to get adjusted to the playing surface and Smith’s relentless pressing,” Rogers said. “We finally broke through when James Foster headed home a Cade York free kick.”
With a 1-0 lead in the first half, the game wasn’t without its struggles. Smith was persistent in their attack and never let the Eagles relax. Even in the second half, the Trojans continued to pound the attack on the Eagles, but when the referee awarded Andrew Crawford a penalty kick after taking a hard fall in the box, Prosper doubled their score. Senior Chris Nayler-Gress stepped up to the spot and tucked away the free kick.
The two goals fueled the team’s confidence for the rest of the game, finding more opportunities to increase the lead. But Smith’s continued pressure caused the Prosper goalkeeper, Cash Varner, to make a big save later in the second to keep the Eagles ahead by two.
It didn’t take long for the Eagles to find their way back to the scoreboard, as senior and Dixie State University pledge Xander Shelton headed away two back to back goals to extend the lead to four. The 4-0 lead would hold, as the team secured their second win of the week.
“The team has been working hard in practice to make sure we put ourselves in good positions to score and finishing our opportunities when we get them,” Rogers said.
The Eagles will head into next week 2-0 in District 14-5A as they look to take on Carrollton RL Turner and McKinney North. The team has now scored 33 goals this year, and goalkeeper Cash Varner has notched two clean sweeps to open district. They will play Turner at home on Feb. 6, and head to McKinney on Feb. 9 for Friday’s contest. Both games will be played at 7 p.m.
“We expect both matches to be very competitive,” Rogers said about the upcoming week. “We will continue to work to eliminate any mistake and fine tune every aspect of our game.