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Mustangs bounce back from PK loss to Poly

The Grapevine boys soccer team continues to hammer its way through district competition, outscoring its opponents 11-0 over last Thursday and Friday, and coach Heath Bullard said he has been impressed with his team’s effort.

The Mustangs have lost just one district match this season and appear to be in good shape as the playoffs approach, but Bullard said there is always room for improvement.

“I think there are some things that we can do a little bit better,” Bullard said. “We had that shoot-out loss to Polytechnic, so we can do things a little better from that game on. We know we need to do a better job with finishing and following shots. We also need to communicate a little bit better.”

Grapevine defeated Fort Worth Carter-Riverside 5-0 on Friday night, and Bullard said it was a good all-around effort from his team to earn the victory.

“We did well,” Bullard said. “We led 3-0 at half time, and added two more in the second half, and that was with one of our starters out. So our backups played pretty well. We had to move our lineups around a little bit. It worked out pretty well.”

Grapevine followed up the shut out of Carter-Riverside on Friday with an even more impressive 6-0 victory against Fort Worth Dunbar.

“We didn’t play a lot of our starters very long in that game,” Bullard said. “I actually finished that game with about six of my starters left in the game.”

With a seven-day layoff until its next game of the season, Bullard said he has some definite ideas about how he plans to spend the week.

“We’re talking about setting up a game between us and somebody I know,” Bullard said. “It would be against another playoff team. It won’t be a real physical game, but just something to keep the guys from getting rusty. Then we’ll also take that time to heal some people up.”

Grapevine will wrap up the regular season against Fort Worth Eastern Hills on March 17, and Bullard said that he knows his team will be in for a challenge.

“It was kind of chippy by the end of that game,” Bullard said of the teams’ first district meeting on Feb. 17, a 4-0 victory for the Mustangs. “It was starting to get physical with them. It will be a tough game with Eastern Hills. They’ve been wanting to play us again since that first loss. It should be a pretty good game.”

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