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October 26, 2023

Prosper overtime goal knocks Cowgirls out in first round of playoffs

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Coppell junior midfielder Summer Chen evades Prosper freshman defender Charlie Tuzzolino in the second overtime. Prosper defeated Cowgirls, 2-1, on Tuesday in the Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs during the second overtime period at Prosper’s Children’s Health Stadium.

PROSPER – The clock ticks down to 45 seconds in the second period of overtime and Prosper lines up for a corner kick from the right side of the pitch. The ball drops in front of Coppell’s goal and ricochets off a defender, off the left post, then into the feet of Prosper senior defender Beya Rosales. 

A swift one-touch volley by Rosales sails into the top of the net and the Cowgirls freeze in disbelief as Rosales and the rest of Prosper rush to the sideline and leave 35 for Coppell to respond. The Cowgirls were ultimately unable to score again and were eliminated from the Class 6A Region I bi-district girls soccer playoffs with a 2-1 loss at Children’s Health Stadium. 

For 73 of the 100 minutes in Tuesday’s match, the Coppell girls soccer team and Prosper were tied. In one 10-second play, Prosper breaks the tie and advances.

“It’s just crushing,” Coppell senior defender Emma Fannous said. “We were so close but then the goal happened and it’s just surreal.”

Coppell senior defender Hannah Rosson cries following a loss to the Eagles at Prosper Children’s Health Stadium on Tuesday. Prosper defeated Coppell, 2-1, during second overtime in the Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs. (Kayla Nguyen)

Prosper scored its first goal 20 minutes into the match, senior forward Brooklyn Miller tapping a 48-yard free kick by junior midfielder Olivia Hess into the back of the net. Afterwards, 15 minutes later, the Cowgirls responded and tied the match at 1-1 after a header by sophomore forward Neerali Kapadia.

“When mistakes or goals happen, we don’t panic or freak out,” Coppell coach Craig Able said. “We stay calm and composed and don’t try to force goals, we wait for opportunities to come. We keep playing our possession-based style of soccer and the girls did a really good job of that and then created that fantastic goal.”

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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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Rhea Chowdhary, Video Editor
Rhea Chowdhary is a junior and the video editor of The Sidekick. She produces, assists and collaborates on videos of the community of Coppell, and creates lots of multimedia content in general. You can contact her by email ([email protected]), and follow her work on Instagram (@rhea.chowdhary) and X (rhea_chowdhary).
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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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