BY HAILEY BROWN
On Wednesday, November 15, the boys varsity soccer team walked through the halls with their jerseys and headphones on as they readied themselves up for the district game against the Falcons at Flanagan High School. The Cowboys fought hard but lost a couple key players in the game. Although the Cowboys came close, they couldn’t quite get ahead, losing the game 3-2.
Flanagan came out strong in the first quarter and was able to dribble past the Cowboys’ defense on a breakaway, scoring a goal which put them ahead and set the tone for the game. Cooper City came back when senior Mateo Upegui dribbled his way through the field and was fouled in the box by the Falcons, earning himself a penalty kick. Upegui was able to capitalize off the penalty and put the ball in the back of the net, tying the game in the second quarter. Cooper City’s defense was able to stop Flanagan and keep the score the same going into the second half.
The Falcons came back from half-time hungry for the win, getting past the defense again creating another one on one with the goalie, and putting another point on the board, making the score 2-1. The score remained the same for the rest of the quarter. After the water break, Flanagan was able to work their way down the field and once again beat the Cowboys defense to score again, putting them ahead by two points. The Cowboys kept their heads up and worked on getting themselves back in the game. With a couple passes around the field the ball was able to find its way past the defense right where Junior Emre Taskin needed it. Taskin was able to get past Flanagan on a break away causing a one on one with the Falcon’s goalie. He was able to put another point on the board in the fourth quarter, keeping the Cowboys in the game. The whistle was blown and the game ended with a score of 3-2, Flanagan taking the win.
“I think we played good and kept the game close,” senior Abby Young said. “But at the end we couldn’t finish and put goals in the back of the net.”
The Cowboys will get a chance to play Flanagan again at home on December 6, getting a chance to redeem themselves.
Final score: Cooper City 2, Flanagan 3
Photo by Benjamin Milgram