Analysis – Soccer wraps up district, ready to face Rowlett in playoffs


Kennedy Rodriguez

Junior Osbaldo Loredo shoots a penalty kick against Plano on Friday night. The boys lost 3-2, which dropped them to fourth in district. They play Rowlett on Thursday, March 28.

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Boys’ soccer finished their district season Friday with a 7-4-3 record. After coming off a hot streak in the first part of district competition, the team struggled in their last four games with a disappointing 0-3-1 slide.

Impressive district start

Following a frustrating preseason with a 2-2-3 record, the squad advanced to go 7-2-1 in their first 10 district games. The only loss came in their first matchup against McKinney High, who proved to be a tough opponent and finished second in districts, consequently snatching second place from the Eagles. However, an impressive 3-2 comeback victory against Plano East kicked off the team’s nine-game hot streak. The pinnacle came when the boys’ defeated the Allen Eagles 1-0 at home — a win that evaded both football and boys basketball.

Disappointing end

The Eagles were on a roll until they faced McKinney Boyd, who handed the boys’ their first loss in nine games. Following the loss, the team went on to tie Plano West 2-2, which clinched a playoff spot. However, the squad was hoping to pick up a win to improve their playoff position. Spring break gave the team a much-needed rest, but they faced a tough final two games against Allen and Plano Sr. Both games ended in 3-2 losses, which dropped the team from second to fourth in the standings.

Playoff game vs Rowlett

With a fourth-place finish in districts, the team will face Rowlett Thursday, Mar. 28. Rowlett finished first in their district with an overall record of 19-3-1. The boys will look to improve upon their recent poor form and ultimately make a deep playoff run in their first 6A season. The game will be held at McKinney North stadium at 8:00 p.m. following the Lady Eagles game earlier in the night.