Keller Citizen

Nelson boys soccer likely to open playoffs vs. Flower Mound

The Trophy Club Nelson boys soccer team has wrapped up a district title this season, and coach Howard Putter said his team is performing at a high level as the playoffs get set to begin.

The Bobcats defeated Keller Central last Friday night and will likely open the playoffs with Flower Mound.

“They are a good team,” Putter said. “They are well-skilled and well-coached. It is going to be a team where we can’t afford to make any mistakes. We need to play our best game to do what we want to do.”

Putter said his only area of concern heading into the postseason is that his team will have a week-long layoff until the bi-district round.

The Bobcats defeated Central by a score of 1-0, and Putter said that it was a good effort from his team.

“It was a tight game like I thought it would be,” Putter said. “Both teams played really well. It wasn’t until the last two minutes of the game that we scored to beat them.”

Gabe Segovia scored the goal for the Bobcats that proved to be the difference in the game.

Nelson is 4-0 since losing to Denton Ryan, and Putter said there have been a few differences since then.

“We have a good district, and we started to get a little too comfortable,” Putter said. “I think the guys did not like the way they were playing, so they kicked it up a notch in practice.”

The Bobcats have outscored opponents 16-2 in the four games since losing to Ryan and have wrapped up a district championship.

Putter said that winning a district championship is a big confidence booster moving into their opening round game of the playoffs.

“We are going against a very tough district in the first round of the playoffs,” Putter said. “They are all really big schools. So it helps with the confidence level winning district as you go into that first game.”