Two goals in the final six and a half minutes rallied the Granbury Pirates to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against South Hills in a nondistrict soccer game Tuesday at Pirate Stadium.
Both goals came as a result of long-range free kicks from about 45 yards out, and both involved the foot of Jacob Rose.
On the first, with six and a half minutes left, Rose found Christian Carnes, who then assisted Caleb Wilson for the tying goal.
Then, a minute later, Rose connected with Jacob Dyson for the game-winner.
“We’ve done pretty well on our set pieces,” said Granbury coach Doug Kissinger, whose team has found the goal numerous times from long distance this season.
“It’s good to see we can capitalize on free kicks and corner kicks.”
The Pirates improved to 8-3-4 and will not play again until Tuesday, when they open District 12-4A play at Joshua.
South Hills took a 1-0 lead at the half, scoring from 20 yards out 16 minutes into the game.
“They capitalized on a mistake we made,” Kissinger said.
“They’re not a bad ballclub. They’re a playoff team, but I think we’re a lot better when we play as a team and to our abilities.
“We’ve got a great ballclub, but it seems like we’re not firing on all cylinders at all times.”
South Hills nursed its advantage until Rose’s late heroics.
“You get up on a team that’s better than you and that’s what you do,” said Kissinger.
Granbury is still in District 15-4A, but some changes have been made. It now includes always tough Stephenville, along with Cleburne, Alvarado, Joshua and Kennedale.
Kissinger likes the tougher league. He believes the weaker competition in district in recent seasons was a factor in being upset in bidistrict three times in four years.
Granbury is going for a fifth straight district title.
South Hills 1 0 – 1
Granbury 0 2 – 1
Granbury (8-3-4) goals (assists) – Caleb Wilson (Jacob Rose, Christian Carnes), Jacob Dyson (Rose).