Pirates battle Lamar to fourth tie of 2014


While many folks get ties for Christmas, the Granbury Pirates soccer team is gathering a few in January.

The Pirates are 2-1-4 this season after Tuesday’s 1-1 tie with Arlington Lamar at Pirate Stadium.

“We’re struggling offensively, but our defense is doing very well – minus one game,” said Granbury coach Doug Kissinger.

That lone loss was 4-1 to Brownwood in the West Texas Shootout in Abilene. They travel to Brownwood for a rematch Jan. 31.

In their two wins and four ties, the Pirates have outscored their opponents 7-5.

Arlington Lamar (1-2-1) struck first Tuesday, scoring four minutes into the game.

“We came out playing passive, giving them too much space,” said Kissinger.

The Pirates countered 10 minutes later when Jacob Rose scored off of Christian Carnes’ assist. From there the defenses took over.

The Pirates have been hampered by early season injuries, including several ankles and a possible knee, said Kissinger.

Tuesday, Bryce Gentry went to the bench after getting hit in the face during a collision.

“I sat him. It’s a predistrict game and I don’t want to take a chance on him getting a concussion,” said Kissinger.

Kissinger said the good news is that even as the offense works to find its niche, they aren’t LOSING games.

“Our defense has done a great job, except for the Brownwood game,” he said. “We’re pretty solid there.”

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Boys soccer

Arlington Lamar 1 0 – 1

Granbury 1 0 – 1

Granbury goal (assist) – Jacob Rose (Christian Carnes).

Granbury record – 2-1-4.