Keller Citizen

Panthers look to keep share of district lead

Fossil Ridge picked up a win last week and has now forged a tie with Richland for the District 4-5A boys soccer lead.

The 1-0 win over Keller on Friday evened the record at 7-1-2, and 23 points, with Richland, a team which the Panthers have lost to and tied recently.

Fossil Ridge will look to solidify their spot in the upper half of the district, if not lay claim to the title, this week.

With Central scheduled for Tuesday, weather permitting, and Haltom on Friday, the Panthers can stay on top of the standings. Central, though, is fighting for their spot in the playoffs, while Haltom has been a tough win for everyone in the district. Haltom tied Ridge in the first meeting.

“We set being in the upper half of district as a goal,” said James Moore, Fossil Ridge head coach. “Not only did we want to contend for a playoff spot, but we want to be at the top. We were hungry since the end of last season. We might as well shoot big,” Moore said of the chance to pick up a district championship.

Central, Carroll and Keller are all within a point of each other, making the last few games of the district schedule all that more pivotal in the final standings.

Keller has Haltom and Carroll on the schedule this week, while Central, in addition to Fossil Ridge, has Richland on Friday.

Every district game has been a dogfight, said Moore, and everyone is playing up to their potential. Haltom, for example, has few wins but has played several teams into a draw.

“Every game definitely has a meaning at this point,” Moore added. “We’re playing to maintain our lead while other teams are working to keep themselves in the playoffs. It makes for an exciting few weeks of district play.”

For Ridge, the team has been able to weather much of the tough competition through adjusting to each week’s situation.

“The way the entire team has embraced their role is the reason,” Moore said. “It changes game to game and we’re not looking to see what’s far ahead or what everyone else is doing. We are taking it one game at a time and just taking care of our business,” Moore said.

•  Timber Creek can stay ahead of Central in the district standings and fight for the final playoff spot with wins over Richland and Northwest this week. A 2-2 tie with Carroll last week added a point to their standings total.

•  Keller had pinned Carroll with a 2-0 loss in the first meeting between the two teams. A win this week on Friday would help separate the two teams with the Indians. Keller also was to play host to Haltom early in the week.