By Colin Bado, TSB Contributor
McKinney Boyd looked to maintain a perfect record in boys soccer Tuesday night, and its mission was accomplished.
Looking to maintain a perfect 7-0 district record, the Broncos faced a Plano team it had already defeated 2-0 on Feb. 15. Since then, Boyd had defeated everyone it had played in District 10-5A to maintain to the top spot in the district.
After a 1-0 shutout at Boyd on Tuesday, the Broncos stayed unbeaten and Plano fell to 1-3-2.
It was a physical bout, and the final score could have been 4-0 Boyd, but a valiant effort from Plano goalkeeper Brandon Delin kept the game within reach for the Wildcats. Throughout the game Boyd was persistent with its offensive attacks, creating a number of shots that missed just wide or over the frame. Within the first five minutes, Boyd’s Dillon Farrell had a one and one chance at a goal, but shot the ball directly at the goalkeeper. Farrells’s efforts would foreshadow Boyd’s luck the remainder of the game.
In the 18th minute, Boyd forward Ryan Trayner was allotted a corer kick. From the set play, Trayner struck a beautiful ball into the box finding fellow forward Juan Moran. Moran managed to get the ball past Delin, giving the Broncos their only goal of the night.
Though small in stature, Moran makes up for his height in quickness and skill, weaving his way in and out of defenses. Humble and endearing, Moran was happy about the win and said Boyd has a chance to preserve its perfect district record.
“If we keep our heads up and work as a team we have a good chance,” Moran said. “We will continue to work hard to become district champs.”
Boyd midfielder Sewell Yost had a number of opportunities to see the back of the net, but was unable to capitalize. Showing off his abilities, Yost broke through the defense and rocketed a shot directly at the Plano keeper, to no avail.
Plano showed little ability to make an offensive threat in the second half. Electing to play a defensive formation, Plano minimized shots from Boyd. By doing so, they created little opportunities to tie the game.
In the 55th minute, Plano’s Joe Niece earned a yellow card for physical play just outside the 18-yard box. Yost elected to take the kick and bent the ball over the wall. The perfectly struck ball appeared as though it was going into the goal when Delin denied Yost and made another amazing save.
Again and again, opportunities to score slipped through the Broncos hands. Ohhh’s and ahhh’s from the crowd escalated as the shot after shot refused to go in.
Through the duration of the game, a serious of questionable officiating calls riled the crowd. Yells from both sides of the stands could be heard from the press box and the referee struggled to retake control of the game by issuing three yellow cards in the second half.
With only a few minutes remaining, Plano began to press hoping for an equalizer. Midfielder Philip Moeller came close in the 77th minute but pushed his shot wide. Boyd’s defense continued to work hard and managed to hang onto their slim lead.
The Broncos have three games left in district play, their next match coming on Friday, March 8th, against the second place Allen Eagles.
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