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Frigid temperatures force cancellation of tourney

Mother Nature wreaked havoc for many area soccer teams, and the Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage boys clubs were no exception.

After temperatures stayed well below freezing for much of the week and weekend, the Coppell Tourament that both the Mustangs and Panthers were scheduled to compete in Thursday through Sunday was canceled.

Grapevine was scheduled to take on Southlake Carroll on Tuesday — after the paper’s press deadline — before participating in its own mini-tournament Friday and Saturday at Mustang-Panther Stadium.

Colleyville Heritage, however, was able to schedule a match with The Colony on Saturday, head coach Mike Ridley said in an e-mail. The Panthers came away with a 3-0 win.

In the game, Ridley said, Max Allen had the game-winning goal, assisted by Sean Fletcher. Herbert Galarza scored on an assist by Miguel Morales to give Colleyville Heritage a 2-0 halftime lead.

Milam Horak added a goal in the second half to finish out the scoring. Allen assisted on the goal.

In a previous interview, Ridley included Fletcher as one of his stronger returners this season, along with Craig Pardini, Cole Stuart and Sammy Keene.

"Those guys contributed quite a bit for us last year," Ridley said. "We’re looking for those guys to kind of lead the way again this year for the team."

With one of his objectives being goal scoring, a 3-0 victory shows Ridley that maybe the team is heading in the right direction early on.

"We’re looking pretty good," Ridley said. "We’ve got a good nucleus of returning players and some guys that moved up from JV that looked pretty promising, as well."

Conversely, the Mustangs have a bit of work to do, head coach Heath Bullard said last week.

"We have to replace several leaders," Bullard said. "Right now, things are going OK, but need to improve."

Grapevine finished 2009 at 8-3-3 and in third place in District 5-5A but lost several kep players to graduation, including the reigning 5-5A Forward of the Year Bryan Lothrop; Midfielder of the Year Antonio Herrera; and the Utility Player of the Year J.D. James.


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