One may say the Coronado and Abilene Cooper soccer groups have quite a bit in widespread.
Every squad entered the season with playoff expectations, the Cougars even beginning on the Twenty fourth-ranked staff in Class 5A Division II.
Via three video games, it hasn’t been rosy for both.
Coronado and Cooper are every 1-2, although their dropping skids have been on reverse ends. The Mustangs began with a 20-14 win over Frenship — which has since gained consecutive video games — whereas the Cougars simply obtained their first victory.
Every group has purpose to consider the preseason hype is warranted. The losses have been shut, with flashes proven in defeat. On Friday at Lowrey Area, Coronado and Cooper will see who can begin constructing consistency as district play looms.
“We have now related data, and so they‘ve had some battles,” Mustangs coach D.J. Mann stated about his opponent. “They’ve had some shut video games, had an in depth one with Abilene Excessive. However we’re on our personal factor proper now.”
Mann stated the staff enters the competition with confidence. Coronado held a 24-13 second-half lead earlier than falling to 5A D-II No. 2 Wichita Falls Rider, 28-24. The Mustangs have been 3 yards away from a go-ahead landing, however the Raiders got here up with an interception with 3:17 left that every one however ended the sport.
“We went toe-to-toe with the No. 2 staff within the state of Texas,” Mann stated, “with a staff that is picked to win the district with (Abilene Cooper). Hopefully, we simply go in believing that we are able to win. That is what we speak about: You have to consider. You have to have coronary heart. You have to have that can to win. I consider we have now it.”
It was the second-straight street loss, with Coronado falling 27-21 at Midland Excessive every week earlier. Though completely happy to return to the confines of PlainsCapital Park, Mann is aware of the schedule will probably be off due to the 4 p.m. kickoff.
The climate might be an element too.
“It is gonna be sizzling,” Mann stated. “It is gonna be about 91 levels on the market, and that is when the solar is at its peak. However we begin follow at 4:20 (p.m.). We have talked about it, and I feel our children will probably be prepared.”
Cooper is coming off a 41-38 additional time win over Class 6A San Angelo Central. The Cougars appeared to seek out their offense after averaging 13 factors of their first two video games. Sophomore Daniel Bray completed with 116 yards and a landing in opposition to Central, a part of the Cougars’ 257 yards on the bottom.
Quarterback Chris Warren ran for 61 yards and hit six receivers on 20-of-29 passing for 117 yards.
“(Cooper’s) actually athletic,” Mann stated. “Their quarterback’s athletic. They’re quick. They have some receivers that may take a 4-yard catch and take it 90. We have now to do an excellent job of tackling and wrapping up.”
Just like the Mustangs, final week’s outcome has Cooper assured as effectively.
“We have been lastly in a position to illustrate that after we execute at a better stage and we’re extra constant, we have now the potential of shifting the soccer and scoring factors,” Cougars coach Aaron Roan instructed the Abilene Reporter-Information. “That’s one factor the place we grew up.”
On the radar
▶ Floydada (3-0) at New Dwelling (2-1) — The Whirlwinds will look to stay unbeaten in opposition to their hardest opponent but. The Leopards have momentum after successful two in a row.
▶ Frenship (2-1) at Abilene Excessive (1-2) — The Tigers hope to maintain rolling in opposition to a former district foe. It is the ultimate non-district tuneup for the Eagles, who open in opposition to Monterey subsequent week.
▶ Andrews (3-0) at Seminole (2-1) — It is the second consecutive residence recreation that the Indians are dealing with a district favourite. Seminole’s protection is using excessive coming off a shutout.
▶ Estacado (1-2) at Levelland (0-3) — The Matadors will attempt to halt their two-game skid and spoil Levelland’s homecoming. The Lobos try for his or her first win because the 2021 opener.
▶ Sudan (2-1) at Seagraves (1-2) — Was the Eagles’ blowout loss to Tahoka a bump within the street or trigger for long-term concern? Friday will inform how the staff responds in opposition to an enhancing Hornets squad.
Abilene Cooper at Coronado
When: 4 p.m. Friday
The place: Lowrey Area at PlainsCapital Park
Information: Cooper 1-2; Coronado 1-2
Radio: 97.7 FM