For the Grapevine boys soccer team, playoff hopes will come down to the final week of the season.
The Mustangs were in fifth place in the district standings heading into Tuesday night's game with Irving MacArthur, and will square off with Irving Nimitz at 7:15 p.m. on Friday at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
The games were played after the press deadline; see www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
“Nimitz has already wrapped up the district title,” coach Heath Bullard said. “They will probably be resting some people, but I don't know for sure. I don't think he will want to run the risk of losing anyone for the playoffs, so I am not sure if he is going to rest them or not. But it should be a good game.”
Grapevine defeated Trinity on the Friday before spring break, and Bullard said it was a good victory for his team, and an especially good defensive effort.
“We played pretty well,” Bullard said. “We only won 1-0, but one of our shots hit the cross bar. We had a couple of other good opportunities we just didn't put away, but we did have another shut-out. Looking at our stats, we have given up 18 goals all year, which is less than a goal a game.”
Bullard said spring break was a good opportunity for his team to rest up and get ready for the final push of the season.
“We took it off,” Bullard said. “Most of the guys go with their families, and I am not going to stand between them and their families. If most of them had been in town, we may have done something, but since most of them were gone, I told the few that were here that they could organize something on their own if they wanted.”
The Mustangs are red-hot since the start of the second half of district, going 4-0-1 through their first five games, and Bullard said his team is positioned to make a run at one of the top four spots in district.
“We're fifth right now,” Bullard said on Sunday. “We're at 17 points. Irving and R.L. Turner are both at 19 points, but Turner has to play Colleyville on Tuesday night, who they lost to the first time around. We can catapult into third place if things go right for us.”• Over at Colleyville Heritage, the Panthers lost 3-2 to Nimitz on the Friday before the break, but already have a playoff spot sewn up.
The Panthers will wrap up the season at 7:15 p.m. on Friday when they travel to Hurst to take on L.D. Bell.