Dominant Lady Mustangs seeking tougher challenges
03/03/2014 2:32 PM
03/03/2014 2:33 PM
Grapevine’s girls soccer program wrapped up the first of several goals last week. The Lady Mustangs (14-2-3, 10-0 in District 6-5A) clinched the expected postseason berth as it defeated both Colleyville Heritage, 1-0, and Irving, 4-2.
It’s the sixth playoff appearance in head coach Ryan Davis’ seven seasons. Grapevine’s unbeaten district winning streak stood at 43 going into Tuesday night’s match against Carrollton R.L. Turner.
Given the dominance this team has shown, Davis knows he has to try a different approach to keep it interested and to keep it competing at the highest level.
“I’m aware of it and we’re aware of it,” Davis said. “That was my message at the half against Irving. We were up 2-0 at the half and we wanted them to get to a point where they were competing hard. That’s why we came out quickly and got up 4-0.
“We gave up two late goals because we made some personnel changes. But the key for us is to make sure we’re focused for 80 minutes.”
Grapevine’s defense has been really been standout as senior goalkeeper Taylor Braun has not allowed a goal when she has been on the field in any of her district starts. The four goals Grapevine has allowed in district play have occurred when she’s not been in the box.
“What we tried to do was create a very difficult non-conference schedule so our girls would understand what it would take to compete,” Davis said. “We’re trying to get ready for the playoffs at the same time.”
Davis said this is the time of the year where his team’s focus, training and discipline have to be peaking. He said he and his coaching staff are trying to focus on the speed of play so when the bi-district playoffs begin, it will be ready.
He describes his team’s play as being pretty similar to the Region I quarterfinalist squad. But he credits senior midfielder Tori Bowman and senior forwards Brooke Ramsey and Brittany Van Bakel for their leadership.
In case you didn’t know, Bowman has signed with Oklahoma, Braun has signed with Kentucky, Ramsey has signed with Texas State and Van Bakel has signed with Hill College down in Hillsboro.
It may be an odd-looking second-place standing, but head coach Misail Tsapos has his team pretty much in good position to make the playoffs.
The Lady Panthers (4-6-7, 4-2-4) lost and tied last week against Grapevine and Irving MacArthur respectively, but maintained their status because their defense has been pretty stingy. The Lady Panthers continued district play this week and could have clinched a playoff spot as they faced Irving Tuesday and will play Irving Nimitz Friday.
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