Girls soccer to play Flower Mound Jan. 29


Photo by Sarosh Ismail

Juniors Rylan Rolich and Weslyn Brown work on passing drills at Wednesday practice. Girls soccer has completed preseason and is going into district play with five wins and one loss.

Girls soccer will compete against Flower Mound at Neil Wilson Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Hebron is 5-1, its only loss being against South Grand Prairie, while Flower Mound is 2-0.

According to head coach Bobby Vaughn, Flower Mound is a dynamic team with a lot of speed. Hebron plans to utilize sophomore Taylor Cheatham, senior Matilda Torres and sophomore Aryanna Jimison to have some speed up front in order to combat Flower Mound.

“The game will be a battle between two very good teams,” Vaughn said. “The team that makes the most mistakes could come out on the wrong side. Our plan is to play simple, get after them for 80 minutes and play as a team.”

Defensive midfielder junior Sydney Japic said that in order to win against Flower Mound, the team should improve by staying connected on the field and taking every opportunity to score goals. 

“We create a lot of opportunities on the field and we take that for granted,” Japic said. “Mostly, we just need to put [goals] away, because against good teams, especially in our district, we’re not always going to get those opportunities.”

COVID-19 has affected the team, in games and in team bonding. The team has not had all of their starters together since the first game. They do not have time to watch film or host team dinners, so they use practice time to bond and get to know each other. 

“In practice, we’ve definitely worked on [team bonding] and just tried to get to know each other,” Japic said. “The team is really outgoing, so everyone just talks to everyone. It has still been difficult because we haven’t been able to do any team bonding because of COVID regulations.”

Vaughn and Japic remain optimistic about Friday’s game and the upcoming district games.

“With soccer, there’s always challenges, but I think we’re going to win,” Japic said. “We have a really strong team and I believe we’re going to finish in a good place in our district. We’re going to win a lot of games, so I want to take home a win [on Friday].”