Pirates stay atop District 15-4A

The Granbury Pirates’ 5-1 victory against Joshua to start the second half of district soccer play kept the Pirates alone at the top of the 15-4A standings.

The Pirates (13-3-5 overall) improved to 5-0-1 in district. They are a game ahead of both Cleburne and Stephenville, with a win against the former and a tie with the latter.

The Pirates host Stephenville Friday night in their final home game of the season. It’s also Senior Night.

“Stephenville is going to come charging, and Senior Night will be a little distraction, but we play really well at home,” said Pirate coach Doug Kissinger.

The Pirates were playing at Kennedale last night. They have games at Alvarado and Cleburne next week to wrap up the regular season.

Should the Pirates finish in a tie with someone, they would most likely own the tiebreaker of goal differential (goals scored versus goals surrendered).

“We’ve got goal differential by far, but Stephenville could sneak in and if they win, they hold the tiebreaker of head-to-head,” said Kissinger.

“So winning Friday is very important. But then, winning them all is important.”

Freshman Freddy Espinoza registered a hat track in the win over Joshua. His first goal, a dozen minutes into the game, tied the score at one after the Owls had taken an early 1-0 lead.

He then gave Granbury the lead for good shortly after, thanks to the second assist of the game from Marco Ramirez.

“We pretty much had the momentum the whole time,” said Kissinger.

“Freddy’s going to be a major factor over the next three years.”

Boys soccer

Joshua 1 0 – 1

Granbury 3 2 – 5

Granbury (13-3-5, 5-0-1 in 15-4A) goals (assists) – Freddy Espinoza (Marco Ramirez), Espinoza (Ramirez), Fernando Sanchez (Jacob Dyson), Ramirez (Hunter McKenna), Espinoza (Ryan Hammonds).