Second half rally gives Cowgirls crucial district victory


Tracy Tran

Coppell junior defender Emma Hubert fights for possession against Hebron at Buddy Echols Field on Tuesday. The Cowgirls defeated the Hawks, 4-3.

Claire Clements, Executive Editorial Page Editor

Tuesday’s match for the Coppell girls soccer team wasn’t easy. And coach Ryan Dunlevy loved every minute of it. 

After losing a two-goal lead and trailing the second half, the Cowgirls used a resilient effort to defeat Hebron, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Buddy Echols field. 

“We earned a win tonight against a very good team. That win pushes us into third place [in District 6-6A] and we can still control our own destiny and move up to the next [place]. It was a very, very positive performance overall,” Dunlevy said. 

Following two goals in the first 25 minutes, both by Coppell junior midfielder Ellie Stewart, Hebron quickly tied the score 2-2 at halftime. However, despite a penalty kick from Hebron in the second half, Coppell was able to score two more goals, by junior forward Jocelyn Alonzo and senior defender Hayley Roberson, quickly winning the match.

The Cowgirls tied Hebron, 1-1, on Jan. 28.

“We came out and we worked hard, we executed the game plan we put in place beforehand and that really helped us,” Dunlevy said. “The entire team performed and worked for each other, and that’s all I could ever ask of.” 

Coppell senior goalkeeper Lauren Kellett (despite a kick to the hand during the first half) blocked many close shots from Hebron throughout the match. 

“I feel pretty good coming off that win, we really came back and I feel really good about it,” Alonzo said. 

Coppell is now in third place in District 6-6A, behind Flower Mound and Flower Mound Marcus at a record of 6-2-1. Coppell plays Lewisville on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Buddy Echols Field. 

“I’m really proud of their response tonight, even when things were going our way and then they weren’t, they really overcame those adversities and I love it,” Dunlevy said. 

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