Keller Citizen

Bobcats lock up 2nd place, shoot for district title

Byron Nelson’s boys soccer program knows it can do no worse than the No. 2 seed in District 5-6A.

Following a 1-1 tie with Keller Central on March 17, the Bobcats (15-2-3, 9-1-3) still lead the district race by two points. They have 21 followed by Central’s 19. Keller is locked into third place with 18 points.

So it’s really simple about the regular season finale on Friday at home against Keller Fossil Ridge: win or tie, and the Bobcats win the district championship.

Nelson does not own the tiebreaker against the Chargers. In the two meetings, Nelson lost and tied. In the event of the two sharing the district title, Nelson would have the second seed.

But the advantage is that Nelson will know what it has to do when it plays on Friday. Keller Central plays Keller Timber Creek on Thursday night.

“We’re going to play the game like we normally do and it really doesn’t matter what happens with the Central game,” Nelson head coach Howard Putter said. “That’s going to be our motivation when we go out there. We really want to be playing at our best because we need everybody to be in sync.”

As for that Central game, the Bobcats needed a goal from Tanner Burns with seven minutes to play in regulation to earn the point. They had scored early in the game, but the goal was disallowed when it was ruled that Nelson players had obstructed the Central keeper off a free kick. In the first meeting, Keller Central won on penalty kicks.

“Really, I thought we played pretty well in the game,” Putter said. “We just didn’t get a good rip on the goal. This was just one of those things that was not meant to be. But our team played through some struggles. The good thing about these guys is that they find the resolve to bounce back.”

As for a potential bi-district playoff matchup, Nelson could be seeing either Flower Mound or Flower Mound Marcus. But District 6-6A still has a lot of soccer left.

But if Friday doesn’t mean anything

If Nelson doesn’t need the game – Keller Central loses or ties – Putter will still play the game straight, with a couple of exceptions. Junior defender Brendon Woodcock and senior defender Hunter McGuire are among those dealing with knee or ankle injuries and may not play against the Panthers.

Of course, this is a good week for this team to get healthy and to work out together to get back in sync for the rest of the season. Putter gave the team the last half of last week off before returning this week. The team had four full days of practice.

“We had some kids out and some missing and playing in some club tournaments so I thought the rest of the week was a good time for them to get away from it for a while,” he said.”

Northwest update

The Texans, who will not be going to the playoffs, conclude the regular season on Friday at Keller.