The final games of the boys soccer regular season are scheduled for early in the week, but the focus is on what awaits in the playoffs.
Central sits in second place in District 5-6A and Keller locked up its playoff berth last week by securing at least fourth place.
The pivotal game last week was Keller’s 3-0 win over Fossil Ridge.
The Indians’ Cole Asfour collected a goal and assist to pace the Keller win which pushed them past Ridge for the final playoff spot.
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Asfour now has 18 goals and eight assists on the year.
Keller head coach, Jason Bates, noted his freshman goalkeeper, Kevin Szpak, played a great game to secure the shutout.
But the final games could move the teams around with Central having to take on Timber Creek and Keller playing Northwest.
With a Keller victory over winless Northwest coupled with a Denton Ryan loss to Denton Guyer, the Indians could move up to third place, replacing Ryan.
Central has to take care of business against Timber Creek, or a Ryan win could push the Chargers down to third place.
Byron Nelson clinched the district championship with a 1-0 win over Central last week.
Still, the Chargers seem to like their level of play at this stage of the season.
“Our momentum is good,” said Central head coach Aaron Cottrell. “We’re very resilient. We had a great second round (of district play). We were unlucky versus Byron for the district title. We will come back stronger.”
With a second-place finish, Central would likely take on McKinney Boyd, but a third-place finish could set up a bi-district playoff with Flower Mound Marcus. Marcus is in a tightly contested district race for the title with Plano West.
Keller, as the fourth-place finisher, would take on the District 6-6A champion, but a third-place finish would likely give the Indians Plano West or Marcus.
The bi-district round of the playoffs will start on March 25.
Fossil Ridge, which dropped the game to Keller as well as a shootout loss to Central, will finish this week with Byron Nelson.
The Panthers lost to the district champions in a tight 1-0 game earlier in the season.
Timber Creek, finishing with Central, was able to post wins over Northwest and Guyer last week. The Falcons had beaten Keller, 1-0, and will hope to finish the year with a four-game win streak.