Northeast Tarrant

Colleyville Heritage boys soccer near-perfect in district

The Colleyville Heritage boys soccer team is playing exceptionally well in district this season, and coach Adam Phillips said he is optimistic about his team’s chances.

The Panthers played L.D. Bell on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will host Carroll at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

“The first time we played them, it was a pretty scrappy game,” Phillips said. “There were a lot of fouls on both sides of the ball. We talked a lot about that to clean up the game. We don’t want to give them any chances, because with Southlake, it is almost like playing Grapevine. It is a playoff kind of atmosphere because there is a rivalry.”

The Panthers defeated Haltom by a score of 2-0 on Friday night in a game in which Phillips said his team made the most of its opportunities.

“I think we played OK,” Phillips said. “We didn’t really have a whole lot of chances. Haltom’s a good team that pushed well, but the chances we did have, we took advantage of, so it was a good win for us.”

Colleyville Herige was 7-1 through its first eight district games, and Phillips said he could not be more happy with how his team is playing, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

“I am really happy with all of the shutouts we’ve had,” Phillips said. “Every time we do that it gives us a good chance to win. I think this year, it is really a collective effort. In years past, we’ve always been able to score, but I think that now that we are better at defending, and we can count on our defense, whenever we are not possessing the ball, to hold us for a shutout.”

The Panthers have six shutouts in district competition to this point.

Phillips said it has been a collective effort for his team this season, but said that one player on his team has really stepped up this season.

“Our junior midfielder, Jonathan Martin, is really doing well,” Phillips said. “He passes; he creates a lot and he’s had quite a few goals. He is really doing good this year.”