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Boys soccer looks to fend off Wylie East

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Senior Gavin George holds the ball up for his teammates.

Senior Gavin George holds the ball up for his teammates.

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Senior Gavin George holds the ball up for his teammates.

Joe Vastano, Staff Writer

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The boys soccer team (11-3-2, 8-2-0) is set to face off against the Wylie East Pirates (7-6-3, 3-1-3) tonight at Leopard Stadium at 7 p.m.

The two teams have already squared off earlier this season, as the Leopards prevailed in a shootout after a 1-1 tie after overtime.

“We need to execute what we usually do,” head coach Alex Duran. “If we focus on unlucky finishing– for example, if the ball hits the side of the goal–then we will be fine.”

The Pirates are one of the two teams to tie the Leopards this season in district play along with West Mesquite, who the Leopards lost to last week.

“Everybody always hits a plateau, so when you are going through the plateau, it’s the grind, and we are in the grinding part of the season,” Duran said. “Once you get to that point when the playoffs are starting, then you get that extra energy boost because you are fired up about it.”

Last Friday, the Leopards played the Forney Jackrabbits (5-9-4, 2-5-3) and defeated them 2-0.

“The main takeaway from Forney was that we need to begin every game with intensity and focus,” Laboret said.

With only three games left in district after tomorrow night, the Leopards enter the home stretch in hopes of retaining their first place spot in districts.

“The focus is to win district again and get the number one seed,” junior Christian Kwon said. “Being back-to-back district champs shows how hard we’ve worked all season and how ready we are for a deep playoff run.”

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