The Granbury Pirates got a little bit of everything this past weekend in the West Texas Shootout.
They won a game (1-0 over Abilene Cooper), lost a game (2-0 to Abilene) and tied a couple (0-0 with Brownwood and 1-1 with San Angelo Lake View).
The loss to Abilene was in the third-place game.
The tournament changed its format this year. Instead of the usual bracket play, it featured two pools.
Teams played three games within their respective pools. The top two teams following that competition advanced to the championship game, and the second-place teams played in the third-place game.
Even though the Pirates did not lose in their pool, going 1-0-2, they did not have score enough goals to advance to the championship game.
Granbury coach Doug Kissinger said he has mixed feelings about the new format, which also featured shorter 30-minute games instead of the usual 40.
“I’m not a fan of short games,” he said. “You do get an extra game, even though it is short.”
Then he added, “Our group was the tougher of the two.”
Jacob Dyson tied the game against Lake View after the Pirates fell behind early.
In the win over Cooper, Shaun Gomez’s unassisted goal traveled 65 yards and over the goalkeeper for the victory.
Gomez and Patrick Kirby were named to the all-tournament team.
The Pirates (1-1-2) and Lady Pirates (2-1-1) are back in action playing in the Aledo Tournament of Champions this weekend.
West Texas Shootout, Abilene
Granbury 0, Brownwood 0
Granbury 1, San Angelo Lake View 1
Granbury goal (assist) – Jacob Dyson (Erick Garcia).
Granbury 1, Abilene Cooper 0
Granbury goal (assist) – Shaun Gomez (unassisted).
Abilene 2, Granbury 0.