Tigers look to bounce back after Grand Prairie loss

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The Mansfield boys soccer team dropped a tough game to Grand Prairie just before spring break.

But as the Tigers move toward the playoffs and prepare for what promises to be an exciting postseason on the pitch, coach John Fazekas said his team is in pretty good shape.

“I think we are doing very well,” Fazekas said. “We came out in the second round of district and won like five straight games going into the Duncanville game, which we lost 1-0. We are doing fantastic. I just think that we overlooked Grand Prairie, we kind of went through the motions and lost. But overall, they are doing great and I am very pleased with what we have done on the second half of district.”

Mansfield played Cedar Hill on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and will square off with DeSoto at 6 p.m. on Friday in DeSoto. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.

The Tigers defeated DeSoto 4-0 in their first meeting, but Fazekas said he expects a tough game the second time around.

“It will be the last game of district, so all records go out the window,” Fazekas said. “Their seniors are going to want to win the last game of their careers, so I expect them to come out and play really, really hard. They played us tough the first time around. We have to be prepared, knowing this is their last game, and they want to knock us out of the playoffs.”

Mansfield lost to Grand Prairie 2-1 prior to the start of spring break, and Fazekas said it was an especially disappointing loss, because he felt his team should have won.

“We came out and did what we needed to do early on in the game in that we scored early,” Fazekas said. “We played well at that point, but then it seemed like we didn't put any more effort into it. It felt like we were going through the motions at that point and it was like we were already on spring break.

“We ended up throwing the game away, and it was one of those games that we needed to win to get ourselves a better seed in the playoffs. I was very disappointed in our effort.”

Mansfield was 6-5-1 in district competition heading into Tuesday night against Cedar Hill, and Fazekas said it is going to be a close race for the playoffs that will likely come down to the very end.

“Timberview and Midlothian are right behind us,” Fazekas said. “So we have to be very careful.”

During spring break, Fazekas said his team worked on a couple of different areas.

“We wanted to get together and kind of relax,” Fazekas said. “We got out there and worked on team play. We did a lot of short-field scrimmages. We did some seven-on-seven to work on some of our one-touch and two-touch play. More than anything, it was kind of to get together and relax and enjoy what we have done so far, but at the same time, remind ourselves that we still have two games left.”

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