Boys and girls soccer kicks off the season in tournament play


The lovejoy girls soccer team poses for a photo after there tournament. The team went 1-1-1.

Nicholas Spooner, Staff Writer

The boys and girls soccer teams both played in tournaments last week in preparation for the start of district play next week. The boys competed in the Allen tournament and the girls played in the Colleyville Heritage tournament. The boys went 1-0-2 and the girls went 1-1-1.  

“The games went well, we’re still undefeated overall,” senior defender Cameron Morelli said. “We finished the tournament tying two games and walking away with a win. We went 0-3 last year in the tournament so definitely improved since then.”

The boys tied South Garland 1-1 and defeated North Forney in the second game 2-0.

“We didn’t play as well as we knew we could, but this weekend was good to build up to that point,” senior forward Will Drescher said. “The best moment of this weekend is when we won the game vs North Forney 2-0.”

In the final game of the tournament, the Leopards tied Turner 0-0. Giving senior Goalie Noah Nguyen his second shutout of the tournament.

“In my opinion, the best game we played this weekend was the second game of the tournament as we walked away with a 2-0 win and it wasn’t even close,” Morelli said. “We showed complete dominance throughout the entire 70 minutes.”

For the girls, the first game ended in a 3-1 defeat. 

“The games went fairly well, against some good competition,” senior Mary Mueth said. “We lost, tied and won a game.”

The second game was a 2-2 tie against Red Oak and the last game the girls came out victorious with a 7-0 win over Eastwood. 

One word that describes this year’s team would be dedicated,” senior defender Gianna Lutcza said. “We are ready to put in the time and effort to win districts and playoffs.”

The girls will play their first district game on Jan. 24 against Melissa. The team will have two more tournament games on Friday and Saturday in preparation for next Tuesday’s game. 

“The best moment during the weekend was finally getting a good result in the last game with a 7-0 win,” Mueth said. “I’m very excited to see how the team comes together in the coming season and hopefully wins the district outright this year.”

The boys will play their first district game on Jan. 24 against Melissa looking to build off the momentum from their last tournament game. 

“The best game we played this weekend was the game on Saturday vs RL Turner,” Drescher said. “Even though we tied, it was a very tough team and we played very well. Sadly again, we couldn’t come out with the win, but overall, it was probably the best we have played so far this season.”