Northeast Tarrant

Streak pushes Mustangs back into contention

After going 1-5-1 through the first half of district competition, the Grapevine boys soccer team has come roaring back to start the second half of district with three consecutive victories heading into Tuesday night.

Grapevine played R.L. Turner on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and will host Trinity High School at 7:15 p.m. on Friday at Mustang Panther Stadium. See for results.

“Trinity always plays us tough,” Bullard said. “The first time we played them, we shot, shot, shot, and ended up giving up a stupid goal. We put one in at the end and got a tie out of it. I have heard that Trinity has some injury problems.”

The Mustangs defeated Colleyville Heritage 4-0 last Tuesday night, and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Irving on Friday night.

Bullard said that his team looked pretty sharp in both games, and said Irving was a big win.

“Chad Sahinkaya had a couple of big shots in the beginning of the second half,” Bullard said. “We kind of settled in at that point. I thought we started out a little slow, but once we settled in, we started playing well. Our kids are really challenging balls now.

“They are where they are supposed to be on the field, and they are really helping each other out. Some of those shots that we took in the first half of the season are going in now.”

Bullard said that he has had a number players really step it up in the last few games.

“Honestly, we've got a lot of guys that have played well,” Bullard said. “Sahinkaya has played well. Victor Herrera has scored two goals in the last two games. Madison Gehler has played well, and really all of my forwards have played well.”

Bullard said that the recent winning streak has done wonders for the teams' morale, as well.

“I think it has really stepped it up,” Bullard said. “You can see their faces at the end of games, and it's like they come out believe they are going to win this game. We are even feeling it in practice.”

•  Over at Colleyville Heritage, the Panthers defeated Irving MacArthur by a score of 3-0 on Friday night after losing to Grapevine last Tuesday.

Colleyville will square off with Nimitz at 7:45 p.m. on Friday at Irving Schools Stadium.