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Boys soccer: Marcus rallies from 2-0 deficit to tie Flower Mound, Farmers split
By Justin Thomas, email@example.com
Both Marcus and Flower Mound's boys soccer team managed to pick up points in the District 5-5A standings Tuesday as the Jaguars and Marauders played to a 2-2 draw.
Flower Mound jumped out in front, 2-0, but Marcus rallied to post the equalizer in the second half.
"We had a couple chances late for the winning goal when we got in behind," said John Gall, Marcus head coach. "We missed one by about 18 inches from in the box. But in all honestly, with the way the match started, I don't think it would have been too fair to Flower Mound if we got the win. It was a well-contested match and they played very well."
"We were able to hang on," said David Doyle, Flower Mound head coach. "It was huge to get points even though I thought we dominated the first half."
Dru Robinson got the Jaguars on the board first on a goal assisted by Nick Base, who tacked on a score of his own off a free kick from 35 yards out.
"It was a goal of the year candidate," Gall said of Base's blast. "It was one of those things where he sent it in and you were thinking, 'What just happened?'"
With theirs backs against the wall, Marcus was able to snag momentum with a goal just before halftime by Blake Barnes off a throw-in.
"I feel like if we could have gotten to the half up, 2-0, we would have won," Doyle said. "That goal really gave them a lift."
Tyler Mouton then knotted the score for the Marauders, but Marcus was unable to pull in front.
"I was pleased with how we played, but we made a couple of mistakes early and had to chase," Gall said. "Flower Mound got their chances and took them and we have to learn, especially in rivalry games, that if we give away chances we are going to be punished."
Last Friday, Flower Mound came up short against Hebron, 3-1, while the Marauders dropped a match against Coppell, 3-2.
"I actually thought we played well in the first half," Doyle said. "We dominated the middle and got chances, but we would turn it over and they would counter. We got a goal back and I felt fine being down, 2-1, and thought we would be able to tie it. But we gave up another goal on a throw-in just before the half and that killed us."
Doyle said defender set pieces will be a focus for the Jaguars moving forward after being victim of goals off throw-ins and corners on multiple occasions.
Marcus, meanwhile, had difficulty clearing the ball in the loss against the Cowboys.
Haiden Stiles and Alex Totilo scored for the Marauders.
"We were really up for the game, but we kind of had a comedy of errors that allowed them to score in 45 seconds," Gall said.
As was the case with the Jaguars, Gall was confident in Marcus' ability to even the match at 3-3, but the tying goal never materialized.
"I thought we were going to get it and I was pleased with our performance against a very good team," he said. "But it's tough to drop three points because I thought we deserved at least a draw."
Boys soccer: Farmers split
Lewisville's boys fell to below .500 in district Tuesday with a loss against Hebron, 2-1. The Farmers were coming off a win last Friday over Denton Ryan, 2-0.
Nate Bukassa scored for Lewisville in each match, while Petter Rossfjord also netted a goal against the Raiders.
Against Hebron, Lewisville struck first, but had trouble defending the Hawks' set pieces resulting in the loss.
The squad rebounded against Ryan, however.
"We totally dominated the first half," said Brandon McCallum, Lewisville head coach. "It was probably our best half of the season. But we didn't do a whole lot the second half. I haven't been able to figure out why, but we really seem to have a tendency to defend too much when we score first. It's like we get zapped when we start well, which doesn't make much sense. It seems like we've played much better when we are tied or behind."
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