The Granbury Pirates had their top offensive outing of the season to retain a share of first in District 15-4A by blasting visiting Alvarado 7-0 Friday night on Johnny Perkins Field at Pirate Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Lady Pirates ended an eight-game losing streak and won for the first time in district competition by with a 4-0 whitewashing Alvarado in a road contest.
Marco Ramirez scored five goals for the Pirates, who improved to 3-0-1 in district (11-3-5 overall).
“He was attacking the ball in the air, making excellent runs, as striker should,” said Granbury coach Doug Kissinger.
“We were able to control the ball most of the game. It was good to see everything come together – and good timing. We haven’t seen our best soccer.”
Alvarado had not surrendered more than two previously in district despite now being 0-4.
The Pirates took a 2-0 halftime lead on Ramirez’s second goal. He then scored four consecutive goals for Granbury in the second half to turn the game into a rout.
The Pirates were hosting Cleburne last night with the winner taking sole possession of first place at the midway point of district. It was the second of three consecutive home games, the final in the series coming Friday against Joshua.
Granbury is chasing a fifth consecutive district championship.
With last night’s game the Pirates exceeded their total for all of last season when they played 19 contests and finished 16-2-1. The most games in a season for a Granbury boys soccer team, is 24 in the 2009 season when they finished 14-5-5.
The Lady Pirates played 26 games in 2011, finishing 18-8 and advancing four rounds in the playoffs.
Lady Pirates end drought
It had been more than a month since the Lady Pirates (7-11-1, 1-3 in 15-4A) had won, but they clearly have not forgotten how.
A three-goal outburst in the second half led to a 4-0 victory at Alvarado.
“We finally won,” said a thrilled coach David Winkleman.
“They (Alvarado) didn’t get much going, maybe a couple of shots. We had a complete team win.”
Kelci Slaughter scored on a pair of free kicks to pace the victory.
“They were beautiful,” Winkleman said of the goals.
Winkleman praised the play of several players, including Aubrey Caudle, Lily Middleton and Slaughter, along with Hannah Hiler, Lydia Rife, Breanne Daly, Hannah Phillips and Tori Mayer.
“We needed this,” said Winkleman with a grin.
The goals were the first for the Lady Pirates in district play, although they had been playing solid defense. They had suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses.
The Lady Pirates were wrapping up the first half of district in Cleburne last night, the second of three straight road games.
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Alvarado 0 0 – 0
Granbury 2 5 – 7
Granbury goals (assists) – Christian Carnes (penalty kick, Erick Garcia), Marco Ramirez (Garcia), Ramirez (Ryan Hammonds), Ramirez (Jacob Rose), Ramirez (Hunter McKenna), Ramirez (Carnes), Jason Davis (Christian Gamez).
Granbury record – 11-3-5 overall, 3-0-1 in 15-4A.
Granbury 1 3 – 4
Alvarado 0 0 – 0
Granbury goals – Kelci Slaughter (Lydia Rife), Tori Mayer (Maggie Kirby), Hannah Hiler (Slaughter), Slaughter (Breanne Daly).
Granbury record – 7-11-1, 1-3 in 15-4A.