Pirates clinging to playoff hopes

With their hopes of a sixth straight district soccer championship gone, the Granbury Pirates now must turn their attention to hanging onto a postseason berth.

They haven’t helped themselves recently with back-to-back losses to teams below them in the District 15-4A standings.

A 2-1 loss to Joshua early last week was followed by a 2-0 loss to Kennedale Friday.

Those upsets left the Pirates (6-5-6 overall) with a 3-3-1 mark in District 15-4A. With seven standings points they are in third place, trailing district leader Cleburne (6-0-1) with 13 points and runner-up Stephenville (6-1) with a dozen.

But more important, the Pirates are only one point up on fourth-place Joshua (3-4), which has six points, and only three ahead of Kennedale (2-5, four points).

Teams get two points for a victory and one point for a tie. The top four teams in district advance to the playoffs.

“We could potentially not make the playoffs at all,” said Granbury coach Doug Kissinger. “It’s going to come down to what we can do against the first and second-place teams.”

The Pirates were playing at Stephenville last night, a team to which they lost 2-1 at home in the first half of district despite controlling most of the contest. They end the season by hosting last-place Alvarado (0-7) and Cleburne, whom they tied 1-1 in the first half on the road.

“Little bitty things are killing us,” said Kissinger. “It’s concentration. It’s mental. We’re not down physically. We’ve got great talent.”

Boys soccer

Kennedale 1 1 – 2

Granbury 0 0 – 0

Records – Granbury 6-5-6, 3-3-1 in 15-4A. Kennedale 11-8, 2-5.