G’bury soccer squads split with Kennedale

The Granbury boys remained unbeaten in District 15-4A, while the Lady Pirates are still looking for their first district win after the teams split games with Kennedale.

The Pirates got a hat trick from Fernando Sanchez, while five different players registered an assist in a 5-0 victory.

Sanchez leads the Pirates with eight goals this season, said coach Doug Kissinger, adding that the assists are more spread around. He said the most any one player has is four.

“The entire ballclub is contributing,” he said. “Everybody on the team, except the goalies, has at least one point – and every coach likes to see that.”

The Pirates (10-3-4 overall) improved to 2-0 in district by posting their eighth shutout of the season. Thirteen times they’ve surrendered one goal or less.

Granbury jumped out to a 3-0 lead within the game’s first 10 minutes, with Sanchez scoring twice. They didn’t score again until four and a half minutes remained in the game, and Sanchez then capped his hat trick.

“We had numerous other opportunities, both in the first and second half,” said Kissinger. “Even in a one-sided match there is some frustration because there were times we just couldn’t put the ball in the net.

“At times I see moments of pure glory, and then sometimes I see inconsistency.

“Being able to play at high level for 80 minutes is something we’re struggling with, but we have a lot of talent, and that will hopefully all work itself out.”

The Pirates have outscored their opponents 29-14 this season.

Boys soccer

Kennedale 0 0 – 0

Granbury 3 2 – 5

Granbury goals (assists) – Fernando Sanchez (Oscar Gamez), Marco Ramirez (Erick Garcia), Sanchez (Jason Davis), Jacob Dyson (Christian Gamez), Sanchez (Caleb Wilson).

Granbury record – 10-3-4, 2-0 in District 15-4A.


Kennedale 1, Granbury 0

The Lady Pirates continued to struggle as host Kennedale capitalized on an early goal and made it stand up.

The loss was the seventh straight for the Lady Pirates (6-10-1), who fell to 0-2 in District 15-4A.

“We came out a little flat, but we battled after that,” said coach David Winkleman.

“Our defense played really good. They’re a real good team.”

Winkleman praised the play of several players, including Courtney Heathington, Aubrey Caudle, Lily Middleton, Kelci Slaughter, Lydia Rife, and Hannah Hiler, who returned from being out with an injury.

“Having Hannah back was really nice,” he said. “She’s going to be a lot of help to us.”

Girls soccer

Granbury 0 0 – 0

Kennedale 1 0 – 1

Granbury record – 6-10-1, 0-2 in District 15-4A.