The Colleyville Heritage boys soccer team improved to 3-0-1 in district competition on Friday night with a 2-1 victory against Irving, and coach Adam Phillips said he is pleased with the progress the Panthers continue to make.
Colleyville Heritage played Nimitz on Tuesday after press deadline and will take on R.L. Turner at 7:15 p.m. on Friday at Cox Park in Carrollton, where Phillips said he believes his team will have its hands full.
“The Turner game is going to be highly competitive,” Phillips said. “The last couple of years, they have been very good. I think that last year they only lost maybe one game in district. They are very good in boys soccer; it's usually their best sport, so it is going to be a hard one and will be one of our most competitive games so far.”
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Phillips said the 2-1 victory over Irving last Friday was a good one for his team and said that he has been impressed with the gradual improvement he continues to see from his players.
“We were pretty good,” Phillips said. “I think we may have gotten lucky a couple of times in the game, but overall, I think we are moving in the right direction. I think our movement was good. We passed better, and we closed space better than we have before. Those were some of the good things that we did in that game.”
The Colleyville Heritage coach said he did not want to single any players out individually for praise, but said that his forwards and midfielders played well in the game against the Tigers.
Phillips said that he is pleased with the level at which his team is competing with three wins and a draw (against Trinity) through its first four district games, but added that there are still some tweaks that need to be made.
“It's good to be tied for first, for sure,” Phillips said. “But I think we can do better. I think that we can always improve. We are playing well, and we just have to keep minimizing our mistakes and improving on our passing game. I don't have any major areas of concerns, just some minor things where we need to get better.”
• Over at Grapevine, the Mustangs played Trinity on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will square off with Irving MacArthur at 7:15 p.m. on Friday at Mustang-Panther Stadium.