The Granbury Pirates made two first-half goals hold up as the difference in winning 3-1 at Joshua Tuesday to open District 15-4A.
The victory improved the Pirates to 9-3-4 overall. It was also the first step toward a fifth straight district championship.
“They have a little more speed than they usually have,” Granbury coach Doug Kissinger said of Joshua. “They’re a better ballclub than last year.
“We still need to minimize our mental mistakes.”
Marco Ramirez assisted on all three Granbury goals, the first coming from Fernando Sanchez with 10 minutes left in the first half.
“Fernando did a good job of putting the ball on frame, which we’ve been struggling with,” said Kissinger.
A few seconds later, goalkeeper Patrick Kirby made a big save to keep the Pirates ahead.
“Thirty seconds after our goal it should have been 1-1,” said Kissinger. “That was a huge save.”
Granbury 2 1 – 3
Joshua 0 1 – 1
Granbury goals (assists) – Fernando Sanchez (Marco Ramirez), Christian Carnes (Ramirez, PK), Caleb Wilson (Ramirez).
Granbury record – 9-3-4, 1-0 in 15-4A.
LADY PIRATES STUMBLE AGAIN
The two-time defending district champion Lady Pirates surrendered two goals in each half, losing 4-0 in their district opener at home to Joshua.
“We’ve got to adjust,” said Lady Pirate coach David Winkleman, whose team lost for a sixth straight game to fall to 6-9-1 overall.
Joshua 2 2 – 4
Granbury 0 0 – 0
Granbury record – 6-9-1, 0-1 in 15-4A.