Soccer matches against Pieper could decide district standings

Tonight’s soccer games against new foe Pieper could redetermine district placements


Christina Eckert

Junior Callaghan McGuire beats a defender down the line during the Ranger Classic tournament.

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Tonight, both the girls’ and boys’ varsity soccer teams will meet with Pieper – a match that could determine district standings. This is the first time that the Warriors have ever faced the Rangers in a soccer match.

Both Ranger teams currently sit at first place with a clean 6-0-0 record. For the girls, Pieper is also undefeated and tied for first.

“The chemistry is great in the squad right now,” head coach Jason Adkins said. “We don’t treat Pieper any different than any other team.”

The team benefitted from senior Sabrina Taber’s return last week from an ankle injury. In just three games, Taber scored four goals and had an assist. Senior Malia Thalman currently leads the team with 15 goals and 11 assists.

The boys are similarly matched against Pieper – a win tonight would cement their place at the top, but a loss would put the Warriors tied at first.

“Every team you play wants to be the one to ‘beat the top dogs’,” head boys coach Heather Boss said. “The boys definitely have shown they have that grit when they battle and fight to win in close games.”

Senior Jax Adkins – a LeHigh University commit – leads the boys with 14 goals and 4 assists. He is currently up for San Antonio Express-News “Athlete of the Week”, and voting will be open until next Thursday.

“We want to win district, win every game for the rest of the season,” Boss said. “With that goal comes improving and getting better so that once district play ends, we can head into playoffs with everything clicking and playing our best soccer.”

The girls play at home at 7:15 p.m. while the boys play at Pieper at the same time. The girls match will be live-streamed. While both teams are only at the halfway point of district, tonight’s matches could solidify the top spots.

“We need to come out strong in order to get that No. 1 seed in district,” girls’ team captain Avery Eckert said. “I know if we stick together and work hard, we can definitely accomplish this.”

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