MCKINNEY — The Prosper High School Lady Eagles varsity soccer team claimed the District 14-5A championship on Tuesday, March 6 after defeating the McKinney North Lady Bulldogs for this second time this season.
The team rallied from behind to take the 2-1 for the second consecutive district title.
“Championships are always nice and are honestly a testament to the work the girls put in,” head coach Rafael Flores said. “It’s nice to see all their hard work pay off.”
Since the team had been undefeated up until Tuesday’s match with the Lady Bulldogs, any positive result — a win or a tie — would guarantee a district championship, adding pressure to an already intense game.
Per their usual style of play, the Lady Eagles started strong from the opening whistle, playing with a sense of urgency knowing that a title was on the line.
The game took a turn for the worst, however, when McKinney North stunned the Lady Eagles with the first goal. The Lady Bulldogs had an opportunity to counter attack and took full advantage by blasting a ball past junior goalkeeper Haley Foley’s head off a cross into the box.
But Prosper didn’t panic. Despite a very physical match-up, the team looked to regroup, hoping to build the possession back into their attack.
“Post-game, [the girls] were talking about how they don’t freak out when they’re down in a game anymore,” Flores said. “Last year, we were only behind for 12 minutes all year; this team has been down more than that in just the Creekview game at home earlier this year. This is a resilient bunch who has done a great job.”
Just when the half seemed to favor the Lady Bulldogs, senior Kat Rogers stepped up big for Prosper. The Alabama pledge ripped home a beautiful goal past the North keeper for the equalizer, sending the teams into the half deadlocked at one.
Coming out of the break, the Lady Eagles resembled the first in both physicality and play for both teams but Prosper never settled with the tie. Halfway through the second, Rogers became the hero again for the Lady Eagles, launching another ball into the back of the net. Her brace would hold for the remainder of the match, allowing the team to seal the victory and the district title.
In his ninth year as head coach of the Prosper varsity team, Flores has acquired three district championships but credits all the work to the teams he had coached.
“The girls have done what they’ve done all year — grind out another win,” he said. “They have some lofty goals, and this was one step in the process to reach those goals. They also realized that all the players before they have helped to set the foundation that they are standing on.”
With the district championship secured, the Lady Eagles have just three more games before the postseason, games in which Flores will take the next few weeks to prepare. They will start the final stretch with The Colony on Friday, March 9 at home. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.