Pirates play to another scoreless tie

It’s hard to lose a soccer game when the opponent can’t score.

Unfortunately, it’s also hard to win when you can’t find the goal either.

So, for the second time this season, the Granbury Pirates played to a 0-0 tie as neither team was able to penetrate the other’s defense in a game against Arlington Lamar at Cravens Field Tuesday.

“It was a good defensive game and an offensive struggle,” said Granbury coach Doug Kissinger.

“We had a couple of opportunities up close and just couldn’t capitalize.”

For much of the season that has been the scenario for the Pirates, who are now 7-3-4. They’ve outscored their opponents 19-14, but six of those goals came one night at home in a 6-2 win over Crowley.

Three times the Pirates have been shut out and six times they’ve found the goal just once.

However, defensively, there are few better around. They’ve already shut out six opponents and have held three others to a single goal.

“Sixteen games in a month is a lot (including scrimmages), and I’d hoped we’d have everything figured out before we go into district, but we haven’t,” said Kissinger.

“We’ve got one game to figure out our scoring woes.”

The Pirates were off last night and host Fort Worth South Hills Tuesday in their final predistrict game. They start District 15-4A play at Joshua on Feb. 12.

The Pirates are seeking a fifth consecutive district championship.

The Pirates’ other 0-0 tie was in the season opener against Brownwood in the West Texas Shootout in Abilene.

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