January 16, 2012
Lady Pirate Soccer


Granbury High School soccer teams excelled at the West Texas Invitational tournament held January 13-14, 2012, in Abilene.  The Pirates won the tourney championship, while the Lady Pirates placed second.


The boys earned their first-place finish with a 1-0 win over Abilene Cooper, after posting victories over San Angleo Lake View (2-1) and Brownwood (3-0).  In a tough defensive championship match versus the Cooper Cougars, the lone score came from GHS junior Erick Garcia.


"We can kind of see both sides of the story," Pirate coach Doug Kissinger said. "We got dominated the first half, but they didn't finish their opportunities and if you allow a team to stay in it, it can come back and bite you. We can see on our side that if we continue to work, fight and play our game plan, we'll get that one and finish, and we did."


In the girls division, the Lady Pirates bested both Lake View (2-1) and Cooper (3-2) before falling to Odessa Permian 1-3 in the title game.
"We played better than we did in our scrimmages, and this is a very tough tournament," commented Lady Pirate head coach David Winkleman.  "Coming out here and finishing second is an accomplishment."
In all, five players made the all-tournament team:  boys - Julio Moreno (most valuable player), Erick Garcia, Taylor Green; girls - Alex Grossman, Kelci Slaughter.


Pirate varsity players are Scott Baker, Christian Carnes, Erick Espinosa, Dylan Francis, Erick Garcia, Aaron Gentry, Shaun Gomez, Taylor Green, Ryan Hammonds, Edgar Hernandez, Michael Horn, Tyler McKenzie, Julio Moreno, Zach Oakley, Zach Payne, J.P. Perriello, Matt Rose, Thomas Schloeman, and Patrick Vasquez.


The Lady Pirates are Kim Bantz, Sydney Barnette, Mallory Bersi, Aubrey Caudle, Bailee Dawson, Ashley Dyson, Alex Grossman, Ashley Harris, McKenzie Harrison, Riley Hatch, Courtney Heathington, Hannah Hiler, Maggie McKenna, Lily Middleton, Tess Miller, Courtney Phillips, Sarah Phillips, Gentry Railsback, Lydia Rife, and Kelci Slaughter.


Coaches are:  Pirates – Kissinger, William Freeman, Ryan Ellis; Lady Pirates – Winkleman, Leah Haley, Becky Grohman.
Pictured above, Granbury defenders Sarah Phillips (left) and Mallory Bersi fight Permian player Kelsey Byrd for the ball during the girls' division championship game.

Photo by Tommy Metthe/Abilene Reporter-News