CORINTH — The Prosper High School boys soccer team dropped their final game of the regular season to second-placed Lake Dallas on Friday, March 23.
“We will get back on the practice field and look to fine-tune our game and clean up a few things,” head coach Ryan Rogers said following their loss.
The team made the quick bus trip to Corinth with the hopes of closing out the regular season on a high note. The Falcons, however, had different plans. Looking to secure the second place ranking, Lake Dallas pulled out all of the stops in the match, wanting to right the earlier loss to Prosper. On Feb. 20, the Falcons lost 2-1 at Prosper High School.
They found an early lead on the Eagles early in the game after picking off a poor Prosper pass and secured the one-on-one chance.
Prosper’s offense tried to retaliate, creating a few scoring chances against the Falcon back line, but the opposing defense held strong. The team continued to battle through the first half, successfully holding the attacking Falcons to just the one early goal.
After working through some kinks during the halftime break, the Eagles seemed ready to take back the game, but Lake Dallas was adamant about playing strong on their home field. They added two more goals in the second to increase the lead to 3-0.
Desperately needing a goal, the Eagles tried to find an answer to Lake Dallas offensive prowess. Finally, sophomore Jack Simonini broke the Falcon’s hopes for a sweep when he netted a strong goal into the bottom right corner of the goal in the closing minutes of the game.
For Prosper, however, his goal was too late to be a spark for the 2018 5A District Champions. Despite their hardest attempts, the Eagles would fall 3-1 in their final regular season game.
Luckily for the Eagles, the loss does not affect their playoff eligibility, as they clinched their spot back on March 6, when they defeated McKinney North for the championship. They officially finished district in first place. They won 12 of the 14 district games, falling to The Colony and Lake Dallas in the second round of district play. Their overall record sits at 19-3.
Simonini’s goal was his seventh of the season, putting him in a two-way tie with senior Chris Nayler-Gress for third in most goals scored in the regular season. He has also recorded two assists. Senior Xander Shelton leads with nine goals, followed by sophomore Alex Vartabedian with eight.
With the loss in the past, the team can only look forward to the playoffs. Prosper will take on Frisco Wakeland for the Bi-District Championship on Friday, March 30. The game will be played at McKinney Boyd at 7:30 p.m.