DALLAS — Not to be outdone by its football team, the Grace Community boys soccer team reeled in its first district title on Thursday.
Garrett Pillsbury scored with 15 minutes left to help the Cougars tie Dallas Parish Episcopal 1-1. The draw was enough to earn Grace its first outright title, winning TAPPS D-II District 2 by a single point over the Panthers.
“It’s awesome; it’s really a great thing to continue (football’s success) by winning soccer,” said Grace senior Micah Florey, a key member on both the football and soccer teams. “It’s really great that we were able to do this.”
Grace (10-1-1 in TAPPS D-II District 2) finished with 31 points to 30 for Parish Episcopal (9-0-3).
“Everybody’s excited,” Cougars coach Tom Alden said. “We not only beat Parish out of first place, but we did it at their place, on senior night, beating them by one point.”
Grace trailed after 16 minutes of play but kept battling. Pillsbury missed an opportunity minutes before he beat a couple defenders and hit a finesse shot into the side netting and, as he said, “went crazy.”
“We knew coming in here we wanted to win but a tie would do it,” Pillsbury said. “We were down 1-0 at the beginning but we worked as hard as we can to get back.
“It was amazing. I missed an easy break away right before that so it felt good to make the goal.”
The Cougars were co-champions with the Panthers two years ago but lost a seeding playoff. Grace had entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed three years in a row. This past fall, the Cougars football team earned the district’s top seed for the first time.
Grace will host a playoff game on Feb. 4. A time and opponent have yet to be determined, though it’s likely the Lady Cougars will also play a postseason match either before or after. The Grace girls own their district’s No. 2 seed.