CARROLLTON — The varsity boys soccer team continued their impressive twelve-game winning streak with a crushing defeat over Carrollton Newman Smith. Despite more rainy conditions, the team was able to weather the storm and cruise to a 4-0 win over the last-placed Trojans.
Similar to the first round match-up, Newman Smith decided they would play a very defensive game, electing to sit back deep to absorb most of the Prosper attack with as many players as possible. Their additional game plan was to catch the Eagles on the counter attack, but the team stuck to their gut.
“I thought the boys did a great job of being patient and keeping possession,” head coach Ryan Rogers said.
The Eagles made it a point to swing the ball around the field, controlling the tempo of their attack from every angle. Patience paid off soon, as Prosper found their first goal behind junior Kason Mullin's brilliant shot from the left side of the box.
Soon after, Mullins connected with senior Xander Shelton what seems like the hundredth time for goal number two on a corner kick.
The team's 2-0 and dominant play would carry them into halftime with a comfortable lead and all the momentum.
Coming out of the break, Prosper picked up right where they left off in a seamless transition. Rogers utilized his subbing frequent in the second half, allowing every player on the roster to see playing time.
Prosper tacked on two more goals before the end of the game, including a spectacular volley from senior Cole Fedorczyk, who returned the field after recovering from illness for several weeks. Sophomore Jack Simonini netted his sixth goal of the season to cap off the scoring for the Eagles, tapping home a dropped shot by the Smith goalkeeper.
“It was truly a team effort tonight,” Rogers said. “It was a good win and a good chance to prepare for RL Turner of Friday.”
The Eagles will need all the preparation they can get for Friday's road contest against Turner. The Lions currently sit in third place after defeating Lake Dallas on Feb. 27, and are desperate to take the pitch against Prosper.
The Eagles dismantled Turner in their last meeting, taking down the then Regional leaders in a goal-scoring massacre, ultimately ending in a 4-0 victory for Prosper. The team will have to play their best to ensure the same results.
The battle will take place on Friday, March 3 at Cox Park in Farmer's Branch. Kickoff is still slated form 7:15 p.m. For directions and more information, check the boys soccer Twitter page at @ProsperSoccer.