Despite going 2-0-1 in the round-robin competition of the Saginaw X-Town Shootout, the Granbury Pirates didn’t score enough goals to qualify for the championship round.
They did, however, top Boswell 3-1 to bring home the third-place trophy.
The Pirates (7-3-3) opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over Saginaw, followed with a 2-2 tie against Stephenville, and defeated Argyle 1-0.
But the bottom line, head coach Doug Kissinger said, is to get a glimpse of teams that might be lying in wait come the postseason -or, in the case of Stephenville, in district.
“In tournaments, even though it’s early in the season, you’re looking to see playoff teams,” he said. “I could schedule teams we’d beat 10-0, but I want to see where we’re at right now.”
Along with battling their opponents on the field, the Pirates are fighting through the flu bug and injuries hitting several players.
“I’d rather get it over with now before district,” said Kissinger. “Hopefully it’ll sweep through us in the next two weeks. We only have two games during that time.”
Granbury 1, Saginaw 0
Oscar Gamez scored on a 40-yard shot as time expired. His goal hit the crossbar, bounced across the goal and back out.
Officials huddled for a few moments and determined it was indeed a goal.
“He basically threw up a Hail Mary and got it in just the right spot,” said Kissinger.
Granbury 2, Stephenville 2
The Pirates got a glimpse of one of their tougher foes in the upcoming District 15-4A season.
The Yellowjackets scored first on a long ball, the first of two long balls that found their way into the goal.
Shaun Gomez tied the game on a penalty kick, and Freddy Espinoza gave them a 2-1 halftime lead.
“We had lots of turnovers and lots of mistakes,” said Kissinger.
Granbury 1, Argyle 0
“Before the game, I was still pretty upset about Stephenville,” said Kissinger. “Our pregame warmup was pretty much a practice.”
It paid off as they had one of their strongest defensive performances of the season.
“We dominated the majority of the game,” said Kissinger. “Argyle’s not a bad team.”
Christian Carnes broke the scoreless tie, and that was all the Pirates needed.
“My goalkeepers (Patrick Kirby and Julio Moreno) played well,” said Kissinger.
Granbury 3, Boswell 1
The Pioneers jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the game’s first two minutes. Then the Pirates took over.
“We just came out asleep,” said Kissinger.
Fernando Sanchez tied the score, and Christian Gamez gave the Pirates a 2-1 halftime lead. David Barnette added a security goal in the second half.
GHS 1-2 at Duncanville
The Lady Pirates began the Duncanville Classic with a 3-0 win over Mansfield Lake Ridge as MaggieMcKenna scored a pair of goals.
That, however, was followed with consecutive losses to Rowlette (6-1) and Cedar Hill (6-0) for the Lady Pirates (6-5-1).
The Lady Pirates, like the guys, are battling injuries and illness.
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Saginaw X-Town Shootout
Granbury 0 1 – 1
Saginaw 0 0 – 0
Granbury goal – Oscar Gamez (unassisted).
Granbury 2 0 – 2
Stephenville 1 1 – 2
Granbury goals (assists) – Shaun Gomez (penalty kick), Freddy Espinoza (Oscar Gamez).
Granbury 0 1 – 1
Argyle 0 0 – 0
Granbury goal – Christian Carnes (unassisted).
Granbury 2 1 – 3
Boswell 1 0 – 1
Granbury goals (assists) – Fernando Sanchez (Erick Garcia), Christian Gamez (Hunter McKenna), David Barnette (Jacob Rose).
Granbury record – 7-3-3
Granbury 3, Mansfield Lake Ridge 0
Granbury goals (assists) – Maggie McKenna (Courtney Heathington), Kelci Slaughter (Hannah Phillips), McKenna (Maggie Kirby).
Rowlette 6, Granbury 1
Granbury goal – Slaughter (PK, Tori Mayer).
Cedar Hill 6, Granbury 0
Granbury record 6-5-1