Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, Tuesday was a productive evening for Joshua soccer as the Owls and Lady Owls left Ennis with a sweep.
The Joshua Owls overcame a two-goal deficit to fight back for a 4-3 win Tuesday at Ennis.
The Lions jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first half before the Owls found the back of the net to make it 3-2 going into halftime.
The second half was all Joshua as the Owls found the equalizer and then the go-ahead and game-winner for the 4-3 win to improve to 8-3-5 overall and 2-1-2 in District 14-5A.
“This was a very good game between two solid teams,” Joshua Coach Thad Goodling said. “In the first 22 minutes we went down 3-1 on a few mistakes and a really good shot. The game went into a lightning delay in the 31st minute. After the delay, we were able to make a few adjustments to get a few things fixed and the boys played a great 49 minutes after that. This was a great win for us to show the resiliency that we have and to be able to fight the elements and still stay composed.”
Griffin Gayler and Daniel Lopez each scored twice and recorded one assist for the Owls with Bryan Sosa adding another assist.
“Griffin Gayler was the go-to man in the match,” Goodling said. “He ... created a ton going forward and stretching their back line. Daniel Lopez had a standout night as well with two goals on the night.
“[Defensively], Nolan Walker and Matt Roberson were simply fantastic in organizing our back line and keeping the team compacted.”
The Owls are scheduled to host Corsicana at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Joshua Lady Owls improved to 3-1-1 in District 14-5A play with a 4-0 victory Tuesday at Ennis.
Joshua started slow but held a 1-0 lead at intermission thanks to a Reagan Easter goal before the Lady Owls put the match away with three goals in the second half to move to 8-1-3 on the season.
“The first half was not very good, but our ladies made some good adjustments at halftime and played very well all things considered in the second half,” Joshua Coach Jeff Brooks said. “The conditions made it very difficult to play pretty soccer, but like I said the ladies adjusted and did a good job in the second half. Long way to go and we will look to improve at practice the next couple of days.”
After Easter’s opening goal, which was assisted by Alyssa Stanley, Ashley Jordan found the back of the net off a feed from Easter for a 2-0 lead. Stanley then scored to make it 3-0 on another assist from Easter. Then Baleigh Payne scored on Stanley’s second assist to produce the final.
Easter and Stanely each finished with one goal and two assists.
The Lady Owls are set to host Corsicana at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
In other District 14-5A action, the Cleburne Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets each suffered losses in Red Oak on Tuesday.
The Lady Jackets fell to the Lady Hawks, 1-0, to fall to 2-3-0 in district action while the Jackets dropped a 4-1 decision to remain winless in league play.
Cleburne will host Waco University on Friday to close out the first round of district play, with the girls game scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and the boys to follow at 7:30 p.m.