The collective numbness felt by the Grapevine girls soccer team last Friday was hard to miss. A team that had accomplished so much during the 2014 season saw its dreams of playing at the Class 5A state tournament end in the Region I bi-district round.
Coppell needed only one goal – it came midway through the second half – to pull off the 1-0 victory over the Lady Mustangs to end their season. Needless to say, this is not what everybody connected to the program anticipated.
But sometimes, upsets happen. And this definitely was an upset. Grapevine closed its season at 18-3-3.
“We gave a good effort, but we did not play our best,” Grapevine coach Ryan Davis said. “I think the best way to describe this game is that it was just disconnected.”
Coppell scored the game-winner off a corner kick. But Grapevine had a chance to tie on a penalty kick moments later. However, midfielder Tori Bowman’s attempt directly went to the Coppell keeper, who handled it.
What would have seemed to be an emotional letdown didn’t last long. Moments later, the Lady Mustangs quickly formed another scoring chance but were turned away again.
That’s when the air started to seep from the balloon. Coppell turned up the defensive pressure. Grapevine really didn’t get great looks the rest of the way.
“It’s a hard way to go out,” Davis said. “I thought we prepared well and did everything we could to get ready for this game. But we did not meet our own expectations. That’s the disappointing thing. The emptiness after the game was tough and there were a lot of emotions.
“But it’s a life lesson because things don’t always go the way you want. The girls will learn from this and be the best that they can.”
A rebuild for sure
The Lady Mustangs are going to have to find a way to put this season behind them and form a team that’s going to be young and looking for quality upper class leadership.
This team loses Bowman, keeper Taylor Braun and defender Kate Powell and forward Brooke Ramsey. But this team is going to have to find a way with the likes of freshman Haylee Hulse.
Colleyville Heritage update
The Lady Panthers (8-7-7) concluded their season with a 4-1 loss to Flower Mound in the Class 5A Region bi-district round last Friday at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
Actually, Colleyville Heritage struck first on a Taylor Hamzy goal but couldn’t sustain the momentum against a very fast team, head coach Misail Tsapos said. Flower Mound took the lead in the middle of the second half. Trailing late in the game, the Lady Panthers had to take some offensive gambles. Denied, Flower Mound scored twice in the final minutes to put the game away.
“We out possessed them, and I thought the game-plan worked pretty well,” Tsapos said. “But they were a physical team. Our quality of players was OK. We just had some defensive errors that hurt us.”
But this team is pretty young, so Tsapos is hoping another year of playing together will make a difference. Colleyville Heritage moves into a better district next year with Coppell and Carroll.