Things were not looking good for the Grapevine boys soccer team against South Hills on Friday night.
The Mustangs trailed 1-0 at halftime and it looked like it might be curtains on the 2016 season.
But talent usually prevails in the postseason, and Grapevine rallied to win the game 4-2 in overtime.
The Mustangs squared off with Wichita Falls on Tuesday after press time, and coach Heath Bullard said if it wanted to continue its playoff run, Grapevine would have to do a couple of things.
“We’ve got to start playing the whole game like we did the second half against South Hills,” Bullard said. “I don’t know if the guys were overconfident or nervous in the first half, but it felt like we were trying to do too much instead of play simple. But we need to play both halves the way we did the second half.”
Bullard said he could not be more proud of the way his players persevered in Grapevine’s area-round victory over South Hills, and said he was especially impressed with the way his team was able to wear the Scorpions down.
“The first half, we played OK,” Bullard said. “We did not play well, and we made too many mistakes. We had some opportunities to score, and we didn’t score. Their goal was a questionable goal ... and we were down 1-0 at half. But we played so much better in the second half, we pretty much controlled the game. Then in the overtime, we scored in the first over time to make it 2-1.
“In the second overtime, we score again, but then we give up a stupid goal by playing too flat while they were pushing people up. Then we come back a few minutes later and score again. I honestly think our team was better conditioned than their team was. The heart these guys showed was outstanding.”
Chad Sahinkaya scored two of the goals for Grapevine in the game and August Bergjans scored two as well.
Bullard said that the manner in which his team won the game over South Hills was important for his team as the playoffs move forward because of the fact that it had to come back to win.
“It should have been 1-1 or maybe even 2-1 us in the first half,” Bullard said. “I told the guys at half time that we were going to score two goals in the second half. We controlled the game in the second half.”