Mixed bag for MHS sides at Colleyville

Boys go 1-1-1 in final tournament; girls post strong effort vs. tough field

Mirror report
Midlothian's Landon Exley (23) breaks to the open net for a goal during opening weekend action earlier this year. Exley, a sophomore, leads the Panthers with six goals on the season.

COLLEYVILLE — The Midlothian Panthers tuned up for the start of District 14-5A play with one final tournament, coming away with a win, a loss and a draw in the Colleyville Heritage tournament last weekend.

The Panthers enjoyed a 1-0 victory over Copperas Cove on Friday as sophomore Landon Exley found the net in the first half on a cross from Griffith Opoku. For Exley, it was his team-leading sixth goal of the season and or Opoku, his team-best fourth assist.

MHS closed out the tournament on Saturday with a 1-all tie against Arlington Lamar. The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 halftime lead as Cerwin Bell scored on Rodrigo Barrera’s assist, but the Vikings pulled out a point in the second half.

Nothing went right for MHS in the first game of the tournament on Thursday, as Grapevine handed the Panthers a 4-0 loss. Grapevine scored two goals in each half.

The Panthers (6-2-2) were slated to kick off district play at Ennis on Tuesday evening. They will venture to Red Oak on Friday and will host Corsicana next Tuesday, with both matches preceding the girls’ game at 5:30 p.m.

Girls hold own in tourney

COLLEYVILLE — The MHS girls’ soccer team was very competitive last weekend in the Colleyville Heritage tournament, with a 2-0 victory over Henderson on Friday along with narrow losses to Prosper and The Colony.

In Friday’s win, sophomore Alexis Morris and freshman Tatum Barnett scored in the second half after the two teams fought to a scoreless conclusion in the first half. Addi Ball and Presley Hoover had an assist each, and keeper Landry Combs posted her third shutout of the year.

On Thursday, the Lady Panthers faced undefeated Class 6A powerhouse Prosper and held them to a first-half goal in a 1-0 loss.

In Saturday’s finale, MHS’ Taylor Thibodeau, Kennedy Husbands and Barnett all had opportunities to score in the first half, and the Lady Panthers’ defense held The Colony scoreless until the second half.

The Lady Panthers (5-4) were scheduled to start District 14-5A play at Ennis on Tuesday night. They will travel to Red Oak on Friday and will host Corsicana next Tuesday, with both games starting at 7:30 p.m.