IRVING — Coming off an incredible 2017 campaign, where the Lady Eagles lost just one game to the eventual state champions, the Prosper High School varsity girls’ soccer team headed into the 2018 season looking to get back to their winning ways. With 10 returning players and 15 new faces on the roster, head coach Rafael Flores has a healthy mix of old and new faces to build on last years’ team.
“It’s a big roster, but we are excited about the players and the depth that the roster provides,” Flores said. “Everyone definitely stands out in their own way, and I have no doubt that everyone will be called upon at some time during the season to step up.”
Though the season is just beginning, the 2018 roster already has some big shoes to fill after grabbing the attention of several associations across the state for their dominating 26-1-1 record last season. This year, the Texas Association of Soccer Association named Prosper number two on the Region II 5A preseason poll based on those results.
To begin the year, the Lady Eagles were initially planning on taking on Frisco Lonestar in a preseason scrimmage, but due to inclement weather, it was cancelled. Instead, the team focused its attention on the Judy Hammond Invitational from Jan. 4-6. Schools from across the state flocked to the tournament, which was hosted by Birdville ISD.
Prosper’s tournament debut was explosive to say the least. In their first game since late April 2016, the Lady Eagles wasted no time getting their first win of the season, taking on West Mesquite in the opening match of the tournament. The Lady Eagles defeated their opponent 10-0, with nine different players finding the back of the net. The team moved on to play Irving Nimitz in a close contest. Both teams battled for 90 minutes, but the Lady Eagles scored the only goal of the match late in the second half to win their second game 1-0. The victory propelled them into the championship match against Birdville.
Looking to end the weekend undefeated, the Lady Eagles matched up very well against a strong Birdville roster. After 90 minutes and two overtime periods, the teams headed into a penalty kick shootout as the 2-2 score held, but it was Birdville who emerged as the victors in the shootout.
The team ended in the weekend with a second-place finish at the tournament, and a 2-1 record early in the year. They scored 13 goals in the contest.
They will use the week of practice for some tune ups before heading to Georgetown for the Elite Governor’s Cup this coming weekend, from Jan. 11-13.