Just from talking to his players during the week, Grapevine girls soccer coach Ryan Davis could tell his team was ready to get back to work.
District 6-5A did not play any games during spring break. And Davis gave his team the entire week off to get away from the grind of the sport. He didn’t even practice his team last Saturday.
“They were anxious to get at it again,” Davis said. “That’s a good sign. But a lot of them needed a good vacation. They needed to get their legs back. But they knew that when they were getting back on Monday, they were going to be training hard.”
The Lady Mustangs (16-2-3, 12-0 in 6-5A) have already wrapped up the district championship and carried the 45-game district winning streak into Tuesday night’s senior night against Irving MacArthur. They finish the regular season Friday at Irving Nimitz.
While these games carry little impact on the playoffs or seedings, Davis wants his team to play these games like they would be at the Class 5A state tournament in Georgetown.
“I want them to treat it like it’s the state championship,” he said. “And then I want them to treat the next like it’s the state championship.”
It’s not clear who Grapevine would play in Region I bi-district round. District 5-5A appears to have three teams contending for the fourth playoff spot between Flower Mound, Coppell and Lewisville.
If it’s Flower Mound, it would be the fourth meeting between the two teams in the last two years. Last year’s bi-district match was epic as Grapevine pulled out a 2-1 victory on penalty kicks. Grapevine also played Coppell this year on Jan. 21 at TCU. The game finished in a 1-1 draw.
In an unrelated matter, Davis said he was pleased how quickly freshman outside defender Haylee Hulse returned from her sprained ankle. She played in the final game before spring break against Euless Trinity. Hulse had missed the three previous games.
“She didn’t look like she missed a beat,” Davis said.
Colleyville Heritage update
The Lady Panthers were off until Thursday, when head coach Misail Tsapos brought his team back for workouts.
Tsapos realized he would not have a complete team because of spring break travel plans. However, he used the workouts to focus on more technical part of the game including touches and players being more comfortable with the ball. There’s also nothing wrong with making sure the little things like a player’s follow through is where it needs to be.
Plus, he spent more time on set plays coming off of corner kicks or free kicks.
“I believe more games are won on set plays,” Tsapos said. “Sometimes, it’s good to get away. With all of the makeup games we had to play, the break came at a good time. There were weeks where we were playing on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.”
Two injured players continue to be on the mend. Leading scorer Taylor Hansby (concussion) seems to be getting stronger. Tsapos, though, wanted to give sophomore midfielder Jaden Thompson (quad, hamstring) another week to heal before the playoffs begin.
Colleyville Heritage (6-6-7, 6-2-4 in District 6-5A) played at Carrollton R.L. Turner on Tuesday before the home finale against Hurst L.D. Bell on Friday. The Lady Panthers are currently tied with Euless Trinity for second. Should those teams finish the season tied, Colleyville Heritage would earn the tiebreaker because it beat and tied the Lady Trojans in the two meetings.