First half scoring enough to get Cowgirls back in win column


Angelina Liu

Coppell senior forward Saiya Patel evades defenders at Buddy Echols Field against Plano East on Tuesday. Coppell defeated Plano East, 2-0.

Srihari Yechangunja, Executive Design/Interactive Editor

Two minutes are left in the first half. Coppell sophomore forward Reagan Roberson takes a shot, and the goalkeeper is unable to save the ball. The last goal of the match has been scored.

On Tuesday, the Coppell girls soccer team defeated Plano East, 2-0, bringing its district record to 12-6-2.

The first goal of the match was scored by Coppell senior forward Bella McGill, five minutes into the match, which felt special to her after the Cowgirls’ previous match against Plano East.

“It feels really good,” McGill said. “Especially because the last time we played against Plano East, I barely missed the goal, and so it was nice to get a goal so quickly into the game, and I feel like it set the tone for how the rest of the game was going to go.”

For the majority of the first half, no goals were scored. Both teams went back and forth with multiple score attempts until Roberson scored, ending the first half with a score of 2-0, Cowgirls.

“We had goal scoring opportunities in both halves,” Coppell coach Craig Able said. “The first half, we converted a couple. The second half, we didn’t convert them. So you always want to convert your goal scoring opportunities, but I’m proud of the girls for creating those opportunities in both halves.”

Though satisfied with the outcome of the match, Able thinks there are some tactics the team can work on before its next match.

“I’d like to see our possession be a little tidier,” Able said. “I’d like to see us connect passes through the midfield a little better, play through the third a little better.”

The Cowgirls return to the field at Hebron on Friday.

“It’s great to get another win in district,” Able said. “Any time you get a win in district, it’s something to be excited about, something to be proud of.”

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