COPPELL COWBOYS SOCCER 2021
Coppell Cowboys Soccer – Food Donation Drive with North Texas Food Bank
Over 4 million Texans struggle with food insecurity and 25% of them are children and teenagers. Their need for assistance has only increased with the impact of the pandemic and the recent weather and power outages across Texas. The Coppell Cowboys soccer program is starting this food donation drive to help our fellow Texans who are struggling right now.
In order to assist, we have launched our food drive with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). The NTFB is one of the leading charities in Texas, and just last year provided access to almost 97 million meals to those in need. Every dollar given to the NTFB can provide three meals, so any donation makes a big impact. These contributions will help to feed families in our neighboring communities and we ask you to donate whatever you are comfortable with, because it will make a difference.
To assist in this effort, both financial and actual food contributions are welcome. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please visit the Coppell Soccer landing page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coppell-soccer. Making a credit card donation on the page is simple, with a receipt provided through the website at the end of the process. If you would rather make a direct food donation, there will be food donation boxes set up in the Athletics office, the Horseshoe, and at the entry to Buddy Echols Stadium on home game days. Almost all non-perishable food items are accepted, and there are specific foods preferred for their nutritional value (https://www.hunker.com/13419975/10-most-needed-items-for-a-food-pantry).
The donation drive begins this week, and our goal is to reach $5000 in monetary donations and 500 canned/boxed food items by March 20. We need everyone’s help to reach this goal, and we are grateful for a contribution of any size or type!
In challenging times, we can all make a difference so that one less family in Texas will go hungry. Thank you for your support and generosity. Go Cowboys!
Congrats to these Cowboy players for making both A and A/B Honor Roll!! Making a difference in the classroom and on the field!
FEBRUARY 10, 2021
The freezing breeze arrived. The stands emptied. The Cowboys came together with parkas and blankets on the bench and Lewisville kicked off.
It wouldn’t be much later until the Coppell boys soccer team rose in celebration.
Two minutes into the match, the horn rang as Coppell sophomore forward Preston Taylor’s corner kick found Coppell sophomore midfielder Alejandro Reyes’ head, who sunk the ball in the back of the net.
Coppell (8-5-1, 4-1 District 6-6A) defeated Lewisville (3-8-3, 0-4-1) on Tuesday night at Buddy Echols Field, 3-0.
“[The match] was scrappy,” Reyes said. “We got all three goals off corners, but a win is a win. We’ve been focusing on scoring early since pre-season [so as to] get the game under control.”
The Cowboys had two apparent goals taken off the scoreboard due to fouls and Coppell began to sit deeper in and play reactionary soccer.
Coppell held the 1-0 lead through the half and came back reinvigorated after a halftime pep talk from Coppell coach James Balcom on one topic: energy. Entering the second half, the speed of play between the Cowboys greatly increased and Coppell took the game to Lewisivlle.
“The goal by Reyes set us forward and put us in the game. [But] one goal was not enough and we needed to put the game away,” Taylor said. “We kept playing and trying to get another point up on the board to put the game away. ”
With 14:11 remaining in the match, Coppell senior midfielder Alex Salvo headed in another corner kick, bringing Coppell’s lead to 2-0.
As the match came to a close with 36 seconds remaining on the clock, Coppell senior defender Ilhan Muslija tapped in the last goal of the night, allowing the Cowboys to walk away with the 3-0 win.
“The energy that we brought [allowed us to] put the game away,” Taylor said. “Those last two goals kept us in the game.”
Coppell remains tied for the first seed in District 6-6A alongside Plano and Marcus with two matches left in the first round of district play.
“[Our main focus] was winning and getting our head straight before the game,” Reyes said. “[Lewisville] was tough and fouled a lot. Getting through that, staying level-headed and keeping going [was the biggest challenge].”
The Cowboys travel to Plano East on Friday with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.