The season came to an end for the Colleyville Heritage boys soccer team last week as it lost to a tough Plano West program by a score of 3-0 in the area round of the playoffs.
Coach Adam Phillips said things actually started out pretty well for the Panthers, but eventually, West proved to be too strong to overcome.
“I thought we came out pretty strong, actually,” Phillips said. “I thought that we created a lot of chances, in the first half for sure, but we were facing a quality opponent in Plano West, and they made the most of their opportunities. They were just a good team, and that happens sometimes.”
Colleyville Heritage is a perennial playoff team in the sport of boys soccer, and Phillips said that even with the loss in the second round of the postseason, he is still happy with the season as a whole and immensely proud of his players.
“I think we did well,” Phillips said. “We tried some new things at the beginning of the season, and as we grew a little bit and got better we changed things around. I think we really improved. In district, we had the same record as we did last year, but gave up fewer goals and we scored more goals. That’s really good.”
The Panthers coach said that he will be losing a lot of players to graduation this year, but said that he has been in this situation before and Colleyville Heritage has been just fine.
“It’s really unusual, because the last three years, each graduating class has had 20-plus kids,” Phillips said. “We only have six or seven returning on varsity, but we do have a quality JV team moving up, so it’s going to be battle. But, we’re moving down to 5A, so that might change things. But I think we’re going to still do well.”