The Grapevine boys soccer team opened up the playoffs on Thursday night in impression fashion with a victory over Azle High School to advance to the area round, where the Mustangs will face Fort Worth South Hills at 7 p.m. Friday at Farrington Field in Fort Worth.
Coach Heath Bullard said that his team will have its work cut out for it when it faces the Scorpions on Friday night and said that he expects a couple of things from the game.
“It should be fast-paced,” Bullard said. “I think that they will try to take our top players out of the game with their defensive tactics.”
The Mustangs won a district championship this season to get the top seed in District 6-5A, while South Hills finished as the runner up in 7-5A.
The Scorpions defeated Crowley 2-0 in the bi-district round to qualify for area, and Grapevine defeated Azle in the opening round playoff game by the same score to set up the match.
Bullard was impressed with the effort his team put forth to earn the victory, but was not overly wordy in his praise for their performance.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Bullard said, simply.
Chad Sahinkaya and August Bergjans scored the goals in the game for the Mustangs, and the Grapevine defense shut the Hornets out.
Bullard said that he is pleased with the way that his team is playing as the postseason moves forward, but added that he does have an area of concern that he saw especially in the Azle game that he would like to see his team correct in its next game and as it progresses in the playoffs.
“We had other opportunities to finish that we need to take advantage of,” Bullard said.