Boys soccer to face Sulphur Springs in first playoff round

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Boys soccer to face Sulphur Springs in first playoff round

Senior Jason Bensmiller bodies the Royse City defender off the ball.

Senior Jason Bensmiller bodies the Royse City defender off the ball.

Kelsey Carroll

Senior Jason Bensmiller bodies the Royse City defender off the ball.

Kelsey Carroll

Kelsey Carroll

Senior Jason Bensmiller bodies the Royse City defender off the ball.

Joe Vastano, Staff Reporter

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The boys soccer team (12-4-5, 11-2-1) will travel to Princeton High School tonight to face Sulphur Springs (8-8-1, 3-7) at 8 p.m. for the first round of playoffs. Sulphur Springs comes in as the fourth seed from district 16, while the boys come in as a first seed after securing the district 15 championship.

“The team is very resilient as they have won many games in different ways: if a starter was injured the next man stepped up; If we were down a goal we played till the end and got the result,” head coach Alex Duran said. “Our team does not quit and plays with a lot of confidence which they have earned. [The team] wanted the district championship and did not shy away from all that wanted to take it from us. This was great to see.”

The Leopards entered district play this season with a only one win out of seven games, but hit their stride against district opponents and will head into their first playoff match on a six-game win streak.

“At the beginning of the season we weren’t quite sure how the season would turn out and our chemistry was good, but now after district our chemistry is awesome and we are working really well together which I think is great because it’s just in time for playoffs,” junior Bretton Laboret said.

The Leopards share no common opponents with Sulphur Springs, but pre-game scouting has indicated similarities between the team and a district opponent.

“Coach Keeble and Duran went to scout [Sulphur Springs] and they told us to expect a team like West Mesquite, a team we beat twice in district, so hopefully we can pull off the same result,” junior Enrique Vega said.

If the boys team defeats Sulphur Springs tonight, they will face rival Prosper (18-3) next Friday in the second round of playoffs. Prosper beat Frisco Centennial (11-9) Thursday night 2-1.

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