Northeast Tarrant

Panthers to rest up before big rematch with Coppell

The Colleyville Heritage boys soccer team picked up an impressive 1-0 victory over Southlake Carroll on Friday night to remain firmly entrenched in second place in the district standings.

Colleyville Heritage is now in the midst of an 11-day layoff, and coach Adam Phillips said he has a couple of objectives for his team until it returns to action on March 17 against Coppell.

“They really took it to us last time, but I felt that was more of an aberration than anything else,” Phillips said of the Cowboys. “I don't think it was indicative of how it's going to be next game. We're going to play with a little bit different style and change some things up. I think it will be a closer game this time. Coppell is one of the best teams in the state and maybe in the country, and we just have to make sure we take advantage of our opportunities.

Colleyville lost to Coppell by a score of 4-0 in the first round of district.

The Panthers and Carroll have played a couple of close games this season, and Phillips said the victory over the Dragons on Friday night was a good one for his team.

“It was a tough game,” Phillips said. “They have a good team, and I thought we had a little bit better chances, which was what it came down to. It was a very good game, and our keeper played very well, Adam Gaudet, and it was a good battle with a good result.”

Colleyville Heritage defeated Carroll 2-0 in the teams’ first encounter on Feb. 10.

Phillips said he has had a couple of guys really play well, but added that it has been a great all-around effort from his team in recent weeks that has lifted Colleyville to victory.

“Jackson Zeledon has been played well, but really everybody has been playing well,” Phillips said. “Last week, we had three games, so it was a tough week for us, and all of the guys really stepped up and did what they needed to do. They came out with their best stuff.”

Phillips said he attributes the great play of the Panthers this district season largely to one factor.

“I feel like we have such a good team that if one of the guys is not having his best game, another player will step up,” Phillips said. “That's what I think is a big difference from last year to this year, is that if one player was having a bad game last year, we didn't really have other players step up to pick up the slack.”

Colleyville Heritage began its break from games on March 6, and Phillips said that he is going to use the extended time off for a couple of purposes.

“With that delay, we are going to take a few games off,” Phillips said. “After that, we are coming back the last three or four days of next week and trying to get a rhythm going again. Right now, we are just mainly trying to stay healthy for the playoff run. If we can do that, it will be a good thing.”