Lady Pirates in must-win spot

A 1-0 loss at Joshua has left the Granbury Lady Pirates in a most challenging situation with four games remaining in the District 15-4A soccer season.

With a 1-5 record in league play, they are in desperate need of a win – or a few – to keep their playoff hopes alive.

“We’re just looking for a win, that’s all we need,” said Lady Pirate coach David Winkleman.

“We’re a better team than this. We need to play with composure.”

The Lady Pirates (7-13-1 overall) did have a better showing at Joshua than they did at home against the Owls in the first round of district, when they lost 4-0 at home. Still, moral victories don’t get his team back into the postseason, said Winkleman.

“This is a tough one. I thought we could get a point off of them,” he said.

“The defense played, but we played a little kickball, especially in the first half.”

Joshua’s lone goal came about 25 minutes into the game.

Winkleman praised several players, including Aubrey Caudle, Kelci Slaughter, Hannah Hiler, Courtney Heathington, and Breanne Daly. He also lauded Tori Mayer’s play off the bench.

The Lady Pirates, despite the slump, are chasing Cleburne for the final playoff berth.

“We’ve got to get points and hope Cleburne doesn’t,” said Winkleman.

Granbury was hosting Kennedale last night, travel to Stephenville Friday, and host Alvarado and Cleburne next week.