NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – The Grapevine Faith men’s soccer team won the Grapevine-Richland Winter Blast tournament this weekend after Keller forfeited the championship game saying their team was too tired to play.
Lions’ head coach Matt McKinney said that discussion of having co-champions came up in the coaches’ meetings with tournament officials, but he declined and Keller willingly agreed to forfeit the game. According to McKinney, “[Keller] said, ‘No, they’re champions. It’s a forfeit,” so the Lions received the title outright.
Disappointed Lions’ fans and players left the stadium as the victors. “No one is glad they forfeited! We wanted to play,” senior Dylan Ingle said. Playing the game would have given Faith the chance to prove that they truly could hang with some of the best public schools in the area.
“This is the highest competition tournament that we can find,” assistant coach Todd Pipes said. “[Winning] just makes it that much more awesome.” The players will receive their trophy and medals later next week.
The Lions’s are defending TAPPS state champions after winning the title for the third year in a row. They start district play on January 21 at Fort Worth Christian.
“We’d rather play to be champions,” senior Michael Nolan said, “but a win is a win.”