Denton dismantles Lake Dallas, gets first district win

Friday Denton finally came away from a game with the full two points, topping visiting Lake Dallas in a 5-0 rout. The convincing victory puts the Broncos’ record at 1-2-2 (4 points) in District 11-4A play.
Denton was on the attack early and often, outshooting the visiting Falcons 18-2 in the first half. Unfortunately, just two of the Broncos’ shots during the half were on goal, the best Denton opportunity being a powerful Wes Kohler attempt that went just over the crossbar from 30 yards out. The sophomore midfielder helped break the scoreless deadlock four minutes later, passing across goal to junior midfielder Feliciano Amaya for a tap-in score. The score remained Denton 1-0 Lake Dallas heading into halftime.

The pressure on Lake Dallas’ defense remained constant into the second half. The difference was, Denton managed to hit the target. In the 58th minute, junior midfielder Chris Torres assisted on an easy goal by senior forward Sam Re Calderon and then put one of his own past senior keeper Chance Pope less than 60 seconds later. Senior forward Michael Husbands, having just missed wide right earlier with the netminder beat, capitalized in the 62nd minute with a strike to the left corner of the net. Senior Christian Carranza tacked on another goal in the 78th, completing a four-goal second half.

The blowout is the second straight by Denton over Lake Dallas, the first coming at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, when the playoff-bound Broncos tallied eight goals against their last-place opponents. However, with both teams having something to play for in a tight district, head coach Scott Heffley isn’t going to think of anything as a fluke.

“We’re both right in the middle of the district, and both of us need points desperately, so it was a big game for both of us,” Heffley said. “To beat them handily was a very good statement, I think, especially in a district where most games are decided by one or two goals.”

There hasn’t been a game we’ve played in this year we haven’t competed in and had opportunities to win,”

— Coach Scott Heffley

Denton outshot their opponents 29-6 on the night, but only eight of the Broncos’ attempts were on goal.

“Tonight we were very pleased we actually started converting,” Heffley said. “It’s still a bit concerning that we’re having to create so many opportunities to get goals, but hopefully this is a step in the right direction.”

Lake Dallas, now 1-4-0 (2 points) will face District 11-4A-leading Byron Nelson on Tuesday. The Bobcats defeated Argyle by a score of 2-0 to improve to 4-0-1 (9 points). The first time the two teams played, Nelson came away with a 1-0 win.

Denton opens the second half of their district schedule by playing Guyer, who beat Birdville in a 3-0 shutout Friday. The 3-2-0 (6 points) Wildcats won the first meeting, 2-0. After that game, the Broncos will rematch with 2-2-1 (5 points) Birdville on Friday. Heffley knows that these two contests are critical for his team’s playoff chances.

“We play well at home, and the next two games – against very quality opponents, two teams that are ahead of us – are at home,” Heffley said. “There hasn’t been a game we’ve played in this year we haven’t competed in and had opportunities to win…. I think we’re in a much better position to face [Guyer] this time around, and I’m excited about the opportunity to maybe get some points against them.”