A week of inactivity can paralyze a soccer team. So Byron Nelson girls soccer coach Philip Salyer had to decide how he was going to handle the spring break week.
He gave his players the first half of the week off and then brought them back for workouts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Because a couple of players did have vacation plans, there was not 100 percent attendance.
However, he said there was a solid turnout from his players. And the work accomplished was important as this team starts to make the push toward the postseason.
“You always run the risk of how much the practices are not going to be taken seriously when you’re on spring break,” Salyer said. “But I was pleased. The important thing is to stay sharp because soccer is a sport where you need to keep your fitness. It’s one thing to run two miles by yourself. But this is one those things where you have to be ready to play.”
Nelson (15-2-5, 5-0-4 in District 9-4A) is still in contention for the district championship and had to beat Argyle on Tuesday to ensure at least share of the title. Denton Guyer is tied with Nelson for the top spot. Birdville was also in contention.
In case you missed it from last week, Denton Guyer and Birdville play each other on Tuesday. Should Nelson win and those two tie or if Birdville wins, then Nelson would have won the outright district championship. If Nelson won and Guyer won, then Nelson and Guyer share the title. Tiebreakers would settle who earns the top seed. Nelson and Guyer tied in both of their matches.
If Nelson lost and those teams tied, then Guyer won the district and Nelson and Birdville would tie for second place. However, Nelson would get the second seed as it has defeated and tied Birdville. Birdville could win the district championship if it beats Guyer and Nelson lost.
Once the Argyle game finished, Salyer said he would work his team through the rest of the week and fine-tune some things offensively and defensively to make sure his team was ready for the postseason.
The bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs begin Monday or Tuesday of next week. There’s a chance that Nelson could play White Settlement Brewer first. If that were to happen, look for a double header to be scheduled for the boys and girls teams. The Nelson boys know they will play Brewer in the bi-district round.
“You don’t always get the opportunity to work with your players extensively like we get to do next week,” Salyer said. “But this is about getting them prepared. We’ll take them up one notch.”
Meanwhile, sophomore forward Jeyci Lopez and freshman forward Ansley Bunger are still fighting through ankle injuries. Salyer said he hoped both could play against Argyle.
Spring break came in time for the Lady Texans (3-15, 2-10 in District 4-5A). They suffered a 3-0 loss to Keller on March 10. They finished the season this week with games at Richland on Tuesday and playing host to Keller Central on Friday.