Cooper, Brownwood boys vie for final playoff berth

Cooper coach Lalo Munoz is treating Friday's District 7-4A boys soccer finale against Brownwood as a playoff game -- and it pretty much is.

The winner gets into the playoffs, while the loser's season comes to an end.

Cooper (7-8 overall, 2-5 district) goes into the game with a one-game lead over Brownwood (1-6 district) for the fourth and final playoff berth. The Coogs can clinch the fourth seed outright with a victory, while a loss would drop them into a tie with Brownwood -- and send the Lions to the playoffs since they would have swept the district series 2-0.

Cooper has lost four straight games, dating back to a 1-0 loss at Brownwood. The Coogs also have lost to San Angelo Lake View 4-2, Stephenville 2-1 and Wylie 2-1 in a shootout.

"We're ready to get that game going," Munoz said. "I felt like our past two games, we've actually played well. Against Wylie, we had one of our best games against them. The second half, we were kind of all over them. We just weren't able to capitalize, and we had a few calls kind of not go our way. But we're ready to prove something to ourselves. The first time we played against Brownwood there, we felt like they didn't win the game. We felt like we lost that game. We had a few (penalty kicks) that we missed. We felt like it's a game we let slip away from us. So coming into this game, we are confident. We've lost the last four games, but three out of those four we felt pretty good. We actually played pretty well. We're trying to build on those positives coming into this game on Friday."

Friday's game will be at 6 p.m. at Shotwell. It was scheduled for 7 p.m., but it was moved up an hour since there'll be no junior varsity game.

The Cooper girls can nail down the No. 2 seed with a victory at Brownwood on Friday. The Lady Coogs (8-7-1, 4-3), who won only two games last season, are in the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

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