The District 6-5A girls soccer season reached the midway point last week. If anyone is going to try and catch Grapevine for the district championship, the Lady Mustangs are going to have to help them.
Head coach Ryan Davis’ squad (12-2-3 overall, 8-0 in 6-5A) has started to run away from the rest of the district. The closest competitor is Euless Trinity at 4-1-1. Colleyville Heritage was in third at 3-1-3.
Grapevine, which played in the Class 5A Region I quarterfinals before falling to Hebron 1-0, has dominated the district. The Lady Mustangs outscored their first seven opponents, 26-2. Irving MacArthur scored the only two goals.
The Lady Mustangs really haven’t been pushed because they haven’t been in a game decided by only one goal. If you want to call them tight matches, Grapevine defeated MacArthur, 4-2, Colleyville Heritage, 2-0 and Irving, 2-0. They are searching for another perfect district record and went into Tuesday with a 41-game district winning streak that dated back to 2011.
Junior defender Tori Bowman has had quite the season scoring with 10 points, while Brooke Ramsey has added four assists to help this attack.
Senior keeper Taylor Braun, a team captain, has made 16 saves. Davis felt pretty good about this team after the 2013 campaign came to a close.
The only two losses were to San Antonio Alamo Heights, 6-5, in the Lubbock Tournament and 1-0 to Round Rock in the Fort Worth Nolan tournament.
Davis has been counting on the energy and experience from this team to make a strong push and get into the Region I tournament.
The second round of the district season continued on Tuesday with a match against Colleyville Heritage. Grapevine will be the visiting team. Friday’s match is at Irving.
Because of the Colleyville Heritage match, the schedule is always even as Grapevine will have three home games and three true road games.
While nothing has come easy for the Lady Panthers, they continue to keep themselves in playoff contention. They didn’t have an easy non-district campaign. However, it meant something as the district season began.
At 4-5-6 overall and 3-1-3 after the first round of district play, the Lady Panthers seem to have found some daylight. The question is whether they can generate enough offense to feel good about where they are.
The Lady Panthers have scored only eight goals to this point and must generate more offense. However, the defense has been very good as it has surrendered only three goals, two to district leader Grapevine. Considering the talent running through the program, there should be enough to qualify for the playoffs.
Colleyville Heritage played Grapevine on Tuesday and then played host to Irving MacArthur on Friday.