PROSPER — After three delays and 38 minutes of first-half play, the Prosper High School Lady Eagles soccer team was forced to reschedule its third district match against the Carrollton RL Turner Lady Lions to Wednesday, Feb. 7 due to weather complications.
“The girls were frustrated about Tuesday, as were all the coaches, but we tried to make the best of it,” head girls soccer coach Rafael Flores said. “We tried to look at it as a free half of soccer whee we got to work on some things… I was proud of their effort.”
The game, which was originally scheduled as an away game, was relocated to Prosper’s home field due to the Turner field being unavailable, with a 7 p.m. kickoff following the boy’s 4-0 win over the Lions.
Prosper wasted little time picking up from the previous day’s match, controlling the possession and bringing the attacking energy early in the game. The team had several chances to get on the board first, including two dangerous free kicks taken by senior Kat Rogers, but Turner’s defense held the Lady Eagles scoreless.
Despite their every attempt to keep the Lady Eagles from scoring, a relocated Lauren Lapomarda found herself at the penalty spot midway through the half after a Turner defender sent her flying into the box. The sophomore confidently blasted the ball into the upper part of the net for the lead.
Turner’s offense struggled to find a rhythm in the first half, which created little work for the Lady Eagle backline. Controlling the game, the team continued to pepper the Lady Lion goalkeeper with shots, setting them up for another goal.
“They didn’t try to attack us as much and really limited the space in our attacking third,” Flores said. “We switched formations early when we saw this.”
With fourteen left on the clock, fellow sophomore Lauren Miller tucked away goal number two off a beautifully taken corner kick from Rogers, and junior Hayleigh calmly tapped away a second-chance attempt in the final thirty seconds after junior Carlie Massingale rocked a shot off the crossbar. Prosper headed into halftime leading 3-0.
The Lady Eagles carried their attacking momentum into the second half, as they continued to berate the Lady Lions with shots. While trying to build on their lead, Prosper battled with a rough Turner squad, experiencing several fouls in the first ten minutes. The Lady Lions put themselves at an even bigger disadvantage when a player received back-to-back yellow card, resulting in her ejection. Turner would have to play with ten girls for the remainder of the game.
Prosper used the number advantage to work the ball around the field, possessing around the Lady Lion players. The team had several almost chances to increase the lead, but luck held on the side of Turner as the three-goal lead proved strong for the majority of the second half.
Time continued to dwindle away for Turner, who still couldn’t muster up a threatening attack. Unfortunately for the Lady Lions, their “pack it in” gameplan didn’t pay off, as Young netted her second of the game midway through the half off a racing Sage DaCosta cross into the box.
Substitutions played a major role in the contest, including sophomore Caroline Havard who scored an incredible header goal just a few minutes after checking into the match. Flores utilized the entire roster, something he said is an important part of the game.
“This team is very deep and we have plenty of quality players who are ready to step up when called upon,” he said. “We ask our players to always be ready whether they play one minute or 80 minutes.”
The five-goal lead would stick, as the Lady Eagles eventually defeated Turner 5-0 in the contest.
“Overall, I thought we played a completed game. We found a way to put the ball in the back of the net against a team that really packed it in on us,” said Flores. “It was a nice win to get at home and a total team effort which is always nice.”
Moving forward, they will focus their attention to their second home game of the week against McKinney North on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
“We will expect a great game from North,” Flores said. “It’s always a battle when we go up against them and tomorrow night will be no different I think. We will get a good practice and be ready to defend our home turf.”