Panthers remain tops in district at midway point

02/24/2014 1:59 PM

02/24/2014 2:00 PM

The Colleyville Heritage boys soccer team improved to 6-0-2 in district play after defeating Trinity by a score of 2-0 on Friday night, and coach Adam Phillips said his team continues to play at a high level.

The Panthers played Grapevine on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and will travel to Irving MacArthur at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. See dfwvarsity.com for results.

“I think that Irving MacArthur is going to play us a lot better than they did the first time around,” Phillips said. “I’ve been talking to their coach, and I know they are getting better. The first time that we played them, I think we beat them 5-0, but this game is going to be at their site. I also know that they have been moving up in the standings, so it will be a tough game for us.”

Phillips said the 2-0 victory over Trinity on Friday night was a good all-around effort from his team on both sides of the ball.

“We did well,” Phillips said. “Any time you can win in this district, it’s good for us. I feel like we moved the ball well, and controlled the game for most of the game.”

Colleyville Heritage is in first place in the district standings, and after the first half of district, Phillips said he is pretty pleased with how things have unfolded through the first eight district games.

“We have a couple of things that we need to work on,” Phillips said. “But we’re doing well. We’re creating a lot of chances and opportunities. That’s always a plus. Defensively, I think we’re getting a lot better at working together, and we’re passing the ball better. We’re really improving, and we have to keep on improving.”

As the postseason approaches, Phillips said he is confident his team will do well if it makes the playoffs as long as it continues to work to get better.

“I think we’ll do well,” Phillips said. “We just have to keep on getting better and creating more chances than our opponents. With soccer, one goal can be the whole game, so it’s going to be tight. But I like our chances.”

•  Over at Grapevine, the Mustangs lost to Irving Nimitz by a score of 1-0 last Tuesday.

Grapevine played Colleyville Heritage on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and will take on Irving at 7:15 on Friday night at Mustang-Panther Stadium.

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