The Grapevine boys soccer team avenged one of its only two district losses last Friday night with a victory over Fort Worth Carter-Riverside and appear to be in good shape as the playoffs draw closer.
Grapevine played Birdville on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will square off with Fort Worth Eastern Hills at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
“The keepers in this district are a lot better than they were last year,” Grapevine coach Heath Bullard said. “Some of these keepers have been keeping Eastern Hills in these games. I know it will be tough game on Friday night, because this district is a little deeper than it was last season.
“They are pretty much out of the playoffs, but they still play pretty hard.”
Carter-Riverside defeated Grapevine by a score of 2-0 when the two teams squared off on Feb. 9, but the Mustangs turned the tables with 1-0 victory on Friday night.
“It was a physical game,” Bullard said. “I mean, it was tough. We had opportunities, they had opportunities and both of us missed opportunities. It was a game that could have gone either way. Our keeper saved us. We scored on a PK, they got a PK, but our keeper saved it.”
The Mustangs defeated Fort Worth Dunbar last Tuesday night by a score of 5-0 in a game in which Chad Sahinkaya scored five goals.
Bullard said that as far as he knows, that is a school record.
“I don’t remember anybody ever scoring five goals in a game before,” Bullard said.
The Mustangs reclaimed first place with the victory over the Eagles on Friday night, and Bullard said he is feeling pretty good about where the team is positioned as the playoffs approach.
“We’re actually starting to get everybody back,” Bullard said. “We had some problems, but now we should be back to full speed.”