Soccer has been called a game of inches and opportunity.
Birdville seized an opportunity and, by just a couple of inches, scored the game-winning goal in defeating visiting Granbury 1-0 in a nondistrict boys soccer game Tuesday at the BISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.
With about three minutes to go in what had been a scoreless battle to that moment, Granbury goalkeeper Julio Moreno made what his coach, Doug Kissinger, called a “great save.” When he returned the ball to play, however, only Birdville players charged.
Moreno made another valiant attempt at a save in what was much like a penalty kick situation. This time, however, the ball just inched its way into the goal.
“I think we got caught up watching him make the save,” said Kissinger.
“We can’t leave him out to dry out there. I get to watch the saves. They have to play.
“Julio and Patrick Kirby are both very good goalkeepers. It’s a shame we lost this game. They both had to make some great saves.
“It’s nice to have two keepers of that quality. Neither has given me a reason to pull them, so I’m playing them both.”
The Pirates (4-3-2) had a few scoring chances of their own. In fact, they even found their way into the goal once in the first half, but it was disallowed.
“We had some quality chances, but we just couldn’t finish,” said Kissinger.
Most of Granbury’s chances came from crosses and free kicks.
The Pirates are playing in the Saginaw X-Town Shootout this weekend.