Gophers await in area playoffs following emotional win

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Gophers await in area playoffs following emotional win

The Coppell boys soccer team huddles before the Irving Nimitz on March 22 to exchange words of encouragement at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowboys plays its second Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs match against Grand Prairie at Mustang-Panther Stadium on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

The Coppell boys soccer team huddles before the Irving Nimitz on March 22 to exchange words of encouragement at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowboys plays its second Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs match against Grand Prairie at Mustang-Panther Stadium on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Neveah Jones

The Coppell boys soccer team huddles before the Irving Nimitz on March 22 to exchange words of encouragement at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowboys plays its second Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs match against Grand Prairie at Mustang-Panther Stadium on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Neveah Jones

Neveah Jones

The Coppell boys soccer team huddles before the Irving Nimitz on March 22 to exchange words of encouragement at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowboys plays its second Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs match against Grand Prairie at Mustang-Panther Stadium on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

The Coppell boys soccer team will play its second match of playoff season against Grand Prairie on Tuesday at Mustang-Panther Stadium at 8 p.m.

 

The Class 6A Region I area matchup is expected to be a competitive one, as Grand Prairie has proven itself to be quite a dangerous team this year.

 

The Gophers emerged unbeaten in their district with a record of 12-0-2, in which they scored 41 goals and conceded only 10. The Gophers also won 12 out of their 13 previous matches this season, including the 1-0 win against Skyline Thursday in their playoff opener.

 

Coppell has also been in form recently. Though it narrowly won 0-0(4-3) in penalty shootouts over Denton Guyer in its Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs opener Thursday, the Cowboys dominated the match in terms of statistics – maintaining a majority of possession in the match and getting a good deal of shots on target. The team has also seen the return of several players to the field, such CHS senior midfielder Jeremy Basso who rejoined the team after a year long absence, strengthening Coppell in numbers.

 

“Grand Prairie is a good team, but its performance in its district doesn’t necessarily define them as a team because different districts had different difficulty,” CHS junior midfielder Nathan Hernandez said. “We’ve been playing great as a team recently, and I’m sure we’ll put up a good fight.”

 

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