In the span of a week and a half, the Granbury Lady Pirates soccer team went from being tied for last in District 15-4A to closing in on a playoff berth.
Friday’s 1-0 win at home over Cleburne left the Lady Pirates (8-7 overall) tied with Stephenville for second place in district, each at 3-2 and two games behind Kennedale. With six standings points, they are one ahead of Joshua, but more importantly three ahead of Cleburne.
Courtney Heathington scored the game’s lone goal, coming off of assists from Marissa Baird and Hannah Phillips. It gave the Lady Pirates a 1-0 halftime lead, and the defense did the rest as the Lady Pirates won for a third straight game.
“This was definitely a big win. It’s nice to have that distance between us and Cleburne,” said Lady Pirate coach David Winkleman.
“Now, it would be real nice if we could keep this going.”
The Lady Pirates were hosting Joshua last night, and a win would avenge a first-round loss and put them on the verge of clinching a playoff berth.
The Lady Pirates are seeking a return to the postseason after missing out last season. The previous two seasons they had advanced four rounds and three rounds deep.
PIRATES BATTLE LEADERS TO TIE
The Granbury Pirates didn’t get the victory they wanted at Cleburne Friday, but they didn’t lose either.
The 1-1 tie is the only blemish so far on the Yellowjackets’ district slate (4-0-1, 12-1-2 overall). Granbury (6-3-6 overall) is 3-1-1 in district and trails Cleburne and Stephenville (4-1).
Cleburne scored first on a free kick midway through the second half. Granbury tied the game on Bryce Gentry’s penalty kick goal with six minutes left.
“We’re not far from where we want to be, but when you’re only scoring a goal and a half a game and giving up a goal, you’ll be tying a lot,” said Granbury coach Doug Kissinger.
“But a tie against the first-place team on the road, we’ll take that.”
The Pirates are seeking a sixth consecutive district championship. Last year they posted the second-best season in the program’s history, finishing 20-4-5 and advancing four rounds into the playoffs.
Cleburne 0 0 – 0
Granbury 1 0 – 1
Granbury goal (assists) – Courtney Heathington (Marissa Baird, Hannah Phillips).
Records – Cleburne 3-10-2, 1-3-1 in 15-4A; Granbury 8-7, 3-2.
Granbury 0 1 – 1
Cleburne 0 1 – 1
Granbury goal – Bryce Gentry (penalty kick).
Records – Granbury 6-3-6, 3-1-1 in 15-4A; Cleburne 12-1-2, 4-0-1.