January 11, 2012
The Pirate soccer team at Granbury High School is ready to take the field, eager to face tough opposition with hopes of advancing to the post-season for the fourth year in a row.
In 2011, the boys won their third-straight district title and advanced to the sectional playoff round. They defeated Crowley 5-0 in bi-district and Fort Worth Trimble Tech 3-2 in area before falling to Fort Worth North Side 2-0.
“We know what it takes to get where we ended at last year. But we can’t really look at the success from last year in great detail because this is a different ball club,” commented head coach Doug Kissinger, who is assisted by William Freeman and Ryan Ellis.
Of the group, nine were on the varsity squad last year, and seven started. Both Francis and Horn are in their fourth year on the school’s top team, and Schloeman was selected as all-region last season.
“Our greatest asset this season is the nineteen players that are on the varsity roster. Any 11 of them could be starting,” said Kissinger. “We do not feel like there is a gap in skill level between the ones that may start and the ones that may be subs. A key to being a successful team is to have a strong bench and to know how to and where to use them.”
District 15-4A play will begin in February, with the Pirates facing Alvarado, Cleburne, Joshua, and Venus. Former district contender Hillsboro discontinued its soccer program.
“We are excited – more excited than last year because we now know the guys,” Kissinger remarked. “We know what we have. We know what all the pieces look like and are just working on getting them put together correctly.”