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After rough 2019 season, Kissinger says Pirate soccer ‘motivated’ for 2020

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Granbury Pirate soccer team is well aware they went winless in district last season.

“You try to forget, but you still remember and it still stings,” said head coach Doug Kissinger. “You think about what you did and didn’t do. What worked and what didn’t.

“You think back and wonder what you could have done differently to have a better result.”

In 2020, Kissinger hopes better movement and a roster with some interesting young talent will translate into wins.

“We need to improve on what we do without the ball,” he said. “You spend more time without the ball than you do with it.

“More proactive movement that serves a purpose and less spectating or reactive movements. We also need to be more patient on both sides of the ball. That has led to mistakes the other teams have capitalized on.”

Eighteen juniors are spread out among the varsity and junior varsity rosters. The Pirates carry five seniors – Nick Buckler, Migel Trujillo, Juan Rangel Hernandez, JP Cline and Angel Huerta – and have also added three freshmen to the varsity.

“They have already made an impact and have found a lot of playing minutes,” Kissinger said of freshmen Drew Henderson, Dylan Livingston and Brack Peacock.

“We had a large turnout in the freshman class and our second JV is composed of only freshmen. Those guys will get a lot of game experience and the program will benefit from it.”

Kissinger said the Pirates don’t need to dominate possession in order to win games. They hope to play smart and maximize opportunties as they come.

“We just have to be patient and work our tails off,” he said.

“The focus is to be competitive in all games. We do not want anything to come easy for the other team.”

Granbury dropped its opening game of the season to Kennedale, but had a chance to pick up a win Tuesday against Aledo. The Pirates are playing in the Joshua Tournament this weekend.

Kissinger said they’ll play with a chip on their shoulders all year after the disappointment of 2019.

“I honestly hope they don’t totally forget it,” he said. “I want us to learn from it, to use it as a learning experience.

“It should be a motivation to not allow that to happen.” | 817-573-7066 ext. 254



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