Cowgirls fall to Plano West in district home opener


Aliza Abidi

Coppell junior Saiya Patel passes against Plano West at Buddy Echols Field on Friday. Coppell lost to Plano West, 3-0.

Anjali Vishwanath, Daily News/Assignment Editor

In its first home match of their District 6-6A season, the Coppell girls soccer team fell to Plano West, 3-0.

The Cowgirls played a high-intensity match and made several shots on goal throughout the match, but did not manage to score.

“We had three glaring mistakes that cost the game,” Coppell coach Fleur Benatar-Whitten said. “Ultimately we had decent possession, we had good buildup; we had good moments where we should’ve scored, or at least had better chances to score. We dominated possession, and then we allowed them to bury three easy shots.”

The Cowgirls fell behind quickly, with the Lady Hawks scoring 10 minutes into the half. After that goal, the Cowgirls stepped up on defense, but did not manage to prevent the Lady Hawks from scoring two more goals in the second half.

“[I’m] disappointed that we lost,” senior midfielder Michelle Pak said. “We could have come out harder. Our communication is getting better; even though we were frustrated we were encouraging each other.”

Pak lead much of the Cowgirls offense on Friday night; she was on the field for the entire game and made many of the team’s 15 attempts on goal. In the second half, the team played more aggressively, but did not close the gap.

Refining defensive strategies will be a high priority for the team ahead of its next match tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. against Flower Mound Marcus at Buddy Echols Field.

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