Girls, boys soccer competed in tournaments


Olivia Lauter

Senior forward no. 13 Hannah Dunlap dribbles the ball. Dunlap scored one of the two goals of the game.

Last week, the girls soccer team finished with a record of 1-2 at their tournament, and the boys finished  a record 0-4 at their tournament, both facing new 5A and 6A competition. The girls team also played last night against West Mesquite and ended up with a 2-0 win. 

“Overall the girls played well,” girls head coach Ian Keeble said. “We went 1-2, beating Liberty Christian 3-1 and losing to Grapevine 1-0 and losing to Flower Mound 2-0. Grapevine is the No.1 team in 5A Region 1, and Flower Mound is the No.1 team in 6A Region 1, so we were tested against two of the best teams in the state.”

Both teams have played in two tournaments this season to help prepare them for the start of districts. The boys were able to go undefeated in their first tournament, but in the second tournament, they faced four losses against new competition. 

Last week, we didn’t play our best soccer, but we played much stiffer 6A competition,” junior Connor Dunn said. “We were able to get a good grasp on where we need to improve moving forward for the district.” 

The girls’ game last night was their last game before the start of their district season on Friday against The Colony. The team has been preparing and figuring out the new team dynamic during their tournaments in hopes to help them in districts. 

“It has been an adjustment for the team to play with new people,” senior Katie Welch said. “Usually, that’s the benefit of the pre-district tournament. We are able to build our team chemistry and get ready for the season.”

The boys team will also begin their district season on Friday against The Colony. Their tournaments in preparation for district play were used to build team chemistry and give the team an idea of what they need to focus on during districts. 

“I think we lacked effort, grittiness, and a little fundamentally in a couple of our tournament games,” Dunn said. “Moving forward, we are going to focus on those areas moving into district play. We have worked hard this preseason, and [we are] ready to take home our first district game.” 

The girls game last night  was senior recognition night. Each senior player was recognized before the game, and each took the field as starters. 

“Some of the seniors have been with the program since they were 7th graders,” Keeble said. “[This game] is a chance to recognize everything the seniors have put into the program.”