PROSPER — After a goal-scoring frenzy in Tuesday’s match against RL Turner, the Lady Eagles found themselves relying on veteran leadership to get past McKinney North. In their second match of the week, Prosper defeated the Lady Bulldogs 2-0, as senior Kristin Knipe found the back of the net twice in the close contest.
“The girls were extremely focused and eager to play the game,” head coach Rafael Flores said. “McKinney North always plays their best game against us so we were prepared for a battle. It’s the last time we will play them at home for a while, so we wanted to make it count.”
The Lady Eagles were the stronger presence on the field, dominating in every position, getting on the board early with Knipe’s first goal in the first half.
“We really made them react to what we were doing,” Flores said. “We didn’t really give up a shot on goal and most of the game was played on their end.”
Moving into the second half, the Lady Eagles continued to lead, as Knipe netted her second goal of the night to extend the lead to two. Defensively, the team remained strong as a unit, keeping the North offense from threatening. Knipe’s brace would be the only time the ball found the back of the net, and the 2-0 lead would hold for Prosper’s fourth win in District.
Despite the victory, Flores said the team’s celebration is short-lived as they’ll have another tough week to look forward to, starting on Tuesday. The team will have quite the battle on the road against the Colony, a team looking to hit their stride moving into week three. The Lady Lobos are coming off a huge 5-1 over Lake Dallas on Friday, and have a lot to play for given their dual-losses to Prosper last season.
As far as the matchup, both teams are two of the strongest contenders for the district championship so far this season. The Lady Eagles are undefeated, and sit in sole possession of first place. Additionally, they’ve yet to be scored on in a district match, as both Haley Foley and Sydney Crowe have seen time in goal. The Colony has just one goal against in district, but have only won one game (1-1-1). Nonetheless, the match is on their home field, which gives them a slight advantage in the first stretch.
For Flores and the Lady Eagles, the win against North was important for their record, but they are already preparing for the Colony by looking rom at the positives from the game.
“It was a solid win and just another step in the process… I expect another tough road test on Tuesday followed by another tough game at home on Friday.”
“We are just trying to learn from each game and be better each game,” Flores added. “We just want to keep fighting for each other and for the program and leave it all out on the field. If we do that, I like our chances.”
The game is on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at The Colony High School.