By David Claybourn
Herald-Banner Sports Editor
It’s round No. 2 for the Greenville Lions and Lady Lions soccer teams tonight in District 15-4A play against a pair of teams from McKinney North.
The 7-0 Lions will try to stay undefeated as they entertain the 4-4 Bulldogs at 7:15 p.m. at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium in Greenville. The junior varsity match starts first at 5:30.
The 1-3-1 Lady Lions will travel to McKinney to face the 2-5 Lady Bulldogs at 7:15 p.m., following the 5:30 junior varsity contest.
Devir Douglas scored a hat trick to spark the Lions to a 7-2 victory over Rockwall-Heath in Tuesday’s district opener. The Lions also collected two goals from Jonathan Tapp to go with one each by Eloy Uribe and Denim Douglas.
Ryan Wilhelm led the Lions with two assists. Lane Gould, Wesley Gutierrez and Uribe were also credited with assists for the Lions, who had 14 shots on goal.
Lions coach Casey Osborn said the Lions played well offensively though they played two much one-on-one ball for his tastes and also said the defense suffered a couple of setbacks.
McKinney North opened district play on Tuesday with an 11-0 victory over Commerce, which is playing up from Class 3A. Dailbor Gulobovic scored a hat trick to pace McKinney North, which took 40 shots.
The Lady Lions will try to bounce back from their 6-0 loss to Rockwall-Heath in the district opener on Tuesday night at home.
“The effort was there,” said Lady Lions coach Catherine Just. “Numbers hurt us tonight.”
The Lady Lions lost one player to an injury and had another plagued by an illness. They were also missing several other players due to grades and illnesses.
Greenville goalkeeper Guadalupe Alvarez recorded 12 saves in that match, including one on a penalty kick.
McKinney North won the girls Class 4A state title last spring, blanking Highland Park 3-0 in the championship game.
However, the Lady Bulldogs have lost some of their top players to graduation or transfers and are only 2-5 for the season. Tonight will be their district debut as they had an open date on Tuesday.
By David Claybourn