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October 26, 2023

Cowboys host district leader Flower Mound in critical final home match

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Kayla Nguyen
Coppell senior forward Gareth Meza Murillo drives the ball away from Plano East sophomore forward/midfielder Jordy Rocha Cigarroa at Buddy Echols Field on Friday. The Cowboys host Flower Mound on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Buddy Echols Field in the final home match of the season.

In its final home match of the season, the Coppell boys soccer team has a shot at redemption and an opportunity to lessen the gap between it and District 6-6A first place Flower Mound. 

On Friday, the Cowboys host the Jaguars at 7:30 p.m. at Buddy Echols Field. It is the second meeting of the teams, Flower Mound previously defeating Coppell, 4-1, on Feb. 9. 

According to Coppell coach Stephen Morris, the Cowboys’ main struggle with Flower Mound is its physicality.

“They just beat us up everywhere on the field,” Morris said. “If we were going to touch a ball and they were close, they made contact with us, so over the course of the game, they wore us down.”

According to Morris, all of Flower Mound’s goals in the first match were within Coppell’s box. Morris said the team had several opportunities to defensively clear the ball but were ultimately unable to. Since, the Cowboys have been honing in on this skill and improved. 

Additionally, Coppell is working on limiting turnovers. 

“There are a couple of times where we have had some turnovers from the back third to the middle third and those killed us,” Morris said. “So that’s going to be huge for us, limiting those errors through the back and middle of the field.”

Flower Mound has 28 district points and Coppell has 24 entering the final match. 

“Every game matters for us because we’ve already secured playoffs,” Morris said. “Now it’s who we want to play in that next district. We need the points and they need the points so it’s going to be a battle.”

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Ava Johnson
Ava Johnson, Sports Assignment Editor
Ava is a senior and the sports assignment editor for The Sidekick. If she’s not working on a piece, you can find her reading, spending time with loved ones, or listening to music. You can contact her at [email protected], or through Instagram at (@heylolitsava).
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Kayla Nguyen, Executive Photography Editor
Kayla is a junior and the Executive Photography Editor for The Sidekick. She loves music and trying out new coffee shops with friends. Kayla loves taking photos and is especially a fan of sports photography. Outside of The Sidekick she loves running her digital camera instagram account (@kaylasdigicams) and going to work.

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