The Byron Nelson boys soccer team experienced its first hiccup last Friday night against Denton Ryan, but with eight wins in its first nine games and at the top of the district standings, coach Howard Putter said he likes where his team is sitting as the playoffs approach.
Nelson played Keller on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will host Northwest at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
“Northwest is at the bottom of our district and we’re at the top, but it’s a rivalry game, so they don’t want to lose to us and we don’t want to lose to them,” Putter said. “It’s usually a tough game and a lot closer than it should be. We’ve only had nine goals scored against us all year, and two of them were from them. So they’re going to come after us.”
Nelson lost to Ryan by a score of 3-1 on Friday night, and Putter said his team did not make the most of the opportunities it was provided.
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“We played pretty good the first half,” Putter said. “We had a goal called back, and I don’t know why. We had a bunch of opportunities, but just never put it in the goal like we should have. We just looked a little flat. We came out in the second half, it was 0-0, but they had three good shots and scored. We had some good shots, but had a hard time pulling the trigger.”
Nelson was 8-1 in district through its first nine games, and while Putter said he is pleased with where his team is positioned, he does not want his team to get ahead of itself.
“I tell the kids, there are seven other teams that would like to be where we are right now,” Putter said. “But in our district, everybody is pretty darn good. All of them are playoff-caliber teams and it is a dog fight each and every week. So we are sitting in a good place right now, but there are some great teams and really good players in our district.”
Putter said he does have a couple of guys who are playing very well for him at the moment.
“Brandan Woodcock has been anchor on our defense the last four years,” Putter said. “He is just solid back there. He’s been in there about every second of every game. A surprise for us this season has been the play of Adam Reed. He has done a great job for us.”