The Granbury Pirates’ hopes for a sixth consecutive district soccer championship took an unexpected hit Tuesday when they were upset 2-1 at Joshua.
The loss dropped the Pirates (6-4-6 overall) to 3-2-1 in District 15-4A. With seven standings points (teams get two for each win and one for a tie), they trail district leader Cleburne (13-1-2, 5-0-1) by four points and runner-up Stephenville (11-2, 5-1) by three.
While the Pirates are in solid shape for a return to the playoffs as one of the top four teams in the final district standings , they now find themselves only a point up on Joshua (6-7-1, 3-3).
The Pirates led 1-0 at the half on Kaleb Wilson’s goal. It was the result of a free kick taken from around midfield by Jacob Rose.
“Kaleb could have had a hat trick (three goals) in the first half. Fernando Aguado played well, Jacob was great,” said Granbury coach Doug Kissinger.
“We had a ton of opportunities in the first half. In the second half, we turned it off. They started pressuring us, and we didn’t respond well.”
Joshua scored on a corner kick to tie the game and got the game-winning goal on a free kick in the second half.
“You let a team that’s good stick around and this happens,” said Kissinger.
“We’re not playing 100 percent in practice, and it’s showing in our games. I hope today was an eye-opener.”
LADY PIRATES’ STREAK ENDS
The Granbury Lady Pirates’ three-game winning streak came to an end with Tuesday’s 2-0 home loss to Joshua.
It dropped the Lady Pirates (8-8, 3-3 in district) into a tie with Stephenville (6-5-1, 3-3) for third place, each with six standings points. They are one point up on fifth-place Cleburne (4-10-2, 2-3-1).
The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
Kennedale (17-1-1, 6-0) leads the district.
Joshua (12-3-1, 3-2-1) is one point up on Granbury and Stephenville with four games remaining.
The Lady Owls took a 1-0 halftime lead, scoring with 10 minutes left in the first half. They added a security goal with four minutes remaining.
“Losing 2-0 or 1-0 doesn’t matter, so I pushed three girls up and they got a second goal,” said Granbury coach David Winkleman.
“We played kickball in the first half. We played a little better in the second half. We had some chances, but couldn’t get anything going.”
Kelci Slaughter and Marissa Baird each came close to scoring in the second.
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Granbury 1 0 – 1
Joshua 0 2 – 2
Granbury goal (assists) – Kaleb Wilson (Jacob Rose).
Records – Granbury 6-4-6, 3-2-1 in 15-4A; Joshua 6-7-1, 3-3.
Joshua 1 1 – 2
Granbury 0 0 – 0
Records – Granbury 8-8, 3-3 in 15-4A; Joshua 12-3-1, 3-2-1.