Lady Leopards bounce back into playoff run


JoJo Bennett

Sophomore Kaylee Rekieta (21) fights for the ball against a McKinney defender.

Kevin Davis, Sports Editor

Earlier this season, the Lady Leopards faced a talented Prosper team that got the upper hand in the match up 6-0. The team seeks revenge this week with a healthy lineup this time around. The match could also potentially decide the team’s chances at a spot in the playoffs.

“As for the playoffs right now, we basically have to get points from every game the rest of the way,” head girls soccer coach John Baker said. “Our loss to North kind of put us behind the eight ball, and so now we have got to have a little help from other teams and also for us to get as many points as we possibly can.”

The Eagles are one of, if not, the most difficult competition the Leopards will face this year.

“Prosper is an interesting game,” Baker said. “I think they are probably the best team in the district if not maybe one of the best teams in the state at our level.”

Strategy going into the match will be one thing that differs from the Lady Leopards’ first game against the Eagles.

“We have a new formation, so if we execute that correctly and stay strong throughout the entire game I think we can definitely do well against prosper,” senior Kaylee Grigg said.

Besides playing with a different formation, the team will need to effectively communicate if they want to be successful against the Eagles.

“Communication will be a key factor in this game as well as staying calm,” Grigg said. “If we can keep the ball on the ground and play our game then I know we will beat Prosper.”

Look for the Leopards to be on top of their game against the Eagles knowing that their playoff hopes could be on the line.

“They really took it to us the first game we played them, just completely out matched us,” Baker said. “We are gonna try to figure out some way to slow down that attack. They’re very fast, very skilled, and we are going to have to work that much harder to keep them at bay.”