In one of the coldest games with which he’s ever been associated, Granbury Pirate soccer coach Doug Kissinger saw his team catch fire in the second half of Tuesday night’s 6-2 win over Crowley at Pirate Stadium.
The Pirates, playing in a wind chill in the 20s, had a sluggish first half, according to Kissinger. The second half, however, they were in complete control, scoring four goals and dominating play.
“We didn’t have a really good first half,” said Kissinger. “We didn’t get that warmed up. We had gone through some of our warmup drills and only had about five minutes on the field. We usually have about 30.”
The game began immediately after the girls contest because of the cold weather.
“Crowley didn’t have a lot of opportunities in the second,” said Kissinger, adding with a chuckle, “We came out of our deep freeze.”
Eric Garcia had the tie-breaking goal, taking an assist from Fernando Sanchez with 24 minutes left in the game. Thirty seconds later, Marco Ramirez took an assist from Aaron Gentry and made the score 4-2.
“Fernando made a smart pass. I like it when players play smart soccer,” said Kissinger.
“And Marco’s got a heck of a shot. I’m surprised he didn’t blow a hole in the net.”
Shaun Gomez tied the game at 2 with a 50-yard free kick late in the first half. It’s his second lengthy free kick goal of the season. He had one of 65 yards in the West Texas Shootout in.
Crowley 2 0 – 2
Granbury 2 4 – 6
Granbury goals (assists) – Jason Davis (Aaron Gentry), Shaun Gomez (unassisted), Eric Garcia (Fernando Sanchez), Marco Ramirez (Gentry), Sanchez (Christian Carnes), Ryan Hammonds (Carnes).
Granbury record – 2-1-2.