Mustangs looking for go-to goal scorer

02/17/2014 3:44 PM

02/17/2014 3:46 PM

The Grapevine boys soccer team lost to Irving MacArthur by a score of 3-1 on Friday night, and coach Heath Bullard said the Mustangs are still looking for their go-to goal scorer.

Grapevine played Nimitz on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and will take on L.D. Bell in Hurst at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. See www.dfwvarsity.com for scores.

“I think they are improving,” Bullard said of Bell. “I watched them play the other night when we didn't play, and they've improved. Nimitz, one of the top team, beat them just 1-0 this past weekend, so it will be a tough game.”

Grapevine tied Trinity 1-1 on Thursday night just prior to the MacArthur game.

Bullard said he believes that the loss to Irving MacArthur was mostly the result of having played too much in too short of a time period this past week.

“I think that honestly we were dead-legged,” Bullard said. “What I mean is that it was our third game in three days. Part of that was my fault in that I went by the rules and by our guidelines and called games because of temperature.

“Then we had some warm weather, and other teams played on those days, so they weren't in the same position. We played Wednesday night, Thursday night and Friday night, and it was just tough.”

Bullard said the biggest issue the Mustangs have faced this season is not having a go-to player who can score on a regular basis.

“We've scored two goals just once in district,” Bullard said. “We were leading the Colleyville game until three minutes to go in the game. We give up two goals in the last three minutes of the game and lose. We just seem to dig ourselves a hole, and not having that superior goal scorer that you know you can count on getting a goal every game forces us to play from behind. We just haven't been able to finish.”

Bullard said he believes his team needs to work on a couple of areas to get things back on track.

“We've got to get back to doing what we do well, which is moving the ball around,” Bullard said. “Then we can create opportunities off of that. I think we have a tendency to get behind and then panic a little bit and start thinking we have to go forward, forward, forward, and we really don't have to do that. A score of 1-0 is something that we can come back from.

“The Trinity game was one of our best games of the season so far, and they did what we asked them to do in that game.”

•  Over at Colleyville Heritage, the Panthers tied Irving Nimitz 2-2 on Friday night to remain firmly entrenched at the top of the district.

Colleyville played L.D. Bell on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will take on Trinity at 7:15 p.m. on Friday at Colleyville Heritage High School.

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