Denton begins district schedule with 2-0 loss at Guyer

Friday night the Broncos found themselves on the wrong end of their first District 11-4A contest of the season, falling 2-0 to crosstown rival Guyer on a frigid night at John H. Guyer High School. The final score is identical to the game between the two sides at Guyer the previous season.
Guyer sophomore Billy Burford got the scoring going quickly, getting a shot past junior keeper Christian Rodriguez in just the seventh minute. The Broncos, meanwhile, were unable to produce a single shot before the halftime whistle.
The second half was better for the Broncos, who managed to put three shots on target, but each time they were denied by a sprawling Guyer keeper. Senior Connor Bourgeious sealed the game with a perfectly-placed free kick over the Denton wall and into the corner of the net in the seventy-eighth minute.
“We needed to play better than we did tonight,” head coach Scott Heffley said. “We were all excited about tonight; it was the beginning of district, and we were going to play Guyer, and we knew they were a good team. We felt like we have a good team that can compete with them and get the result that we want.”
The Broncos played somewhat sloppily, conceding six corners, 45 throw-ins, and 11 free kicks on the night.
“I think we might’ve come in with too much excitement,” Heffley said. “It showed in the first half; we were uncharacteristically giving the ball away, and we were making mistakes we haven’t made the last three games. I don’t want to take anything away from Guyer, but I feel like we had a lot to do with the problems we had tonight. We made our own problems.”
This was the first game in which Denton was shut out since the 3-0 January 24th loss to Ryan. However, Heffley isn’t too worried about this becoming a trend for his squad.
“Right now, we’re going to treat it as just a one-game thing,” Heffley said. “I think that the problem we ran into tonight is that we made some errors in the back, so we weren’t able to push the ball forward to give our attacking players many opportunities. I thought when the couple times we did go forward, we looked dangerous. We just didn’t create nearly enough opportunities like we have the past two games.”
Tuesday, Guyer travels to Trophy Club to face the reigning district champion Byron Nelson Bobcats. Byron Nelson is coming off of a 1-0 victory over Lake Dallas.
Denton also hits the road Tuesday, taking on Birdville. The Hawks defeated Argyle in their district opener by a score of 1-0. Last year, the two sides split the season series with a pair of 1-0 games.