Sulphur Springs had their backs against the wall in a shootout, Fernando Arellano came through with the winning kick to give the Wildcats the win after they had tied at 2-all in regulation.
“Although we did not win in regulation, our kids rose to the challenge in the shoot-out,” Sulphur Springs head boys soccer coach Andy Holt said.“Fernando Arellano played great as our goalie in the shoot-out. It went to the 11th shooter before it was decided. Fernando made his first shot in the round of five. Then in the sudden death rounds Alejandro Arellano, Dylan Rutherford, and again as the 11th shooter Fernando found the back of the net. If Alejandro or Dylan would have missed, we would have lost.”
The Tigers got the lead early scoring at the 20:12 mark of the first half.
Sulphur Springs scored at the 9:19 mark.
Holt said, “We tied it up with a throw in from Brad Worsham. He threw the ball into the the middle and the ball was kicked around and then Jesus Arellano kicked it into the net.”
“We scored seven minutes into the second half. This time we scored on a corner kick. Carlos Martinez played the ball into the middle of the goal and Roberto Juarez headed it in,” Holt said.
It appeared the Wildcats would hang on for the win, but Paris scored late.
Holt said,“It stayed 2-1 until 1:12 left in the game. A foul was committed by us about 25 yards out from our goal. While the referee was marking off the 10 yards, a Paris kicked shot the ball and scored. It caught us by surprise. Our kids were waiting on the referee to finish marking off 10 yards and blow his whistle. Unfortunately, the referee agreed it was a goal. We did extremely well staying composed and finishing.”
Sulphur Springs plays North Lamar on Tuesday at home the JV plays at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m.
Lady Cats 1
In Friday action, Sulphur Springs lost at Paris 2-1.
The lone score for the Lady Cats coming by Karlie Junot on a corner kick by Brittney Lamphere.
“Paris was a good match up for us. We saw them earlier in the year at the Sherman Tournament and we played them much better this time,” said coach Joel Bailey. “ At half time the score was tied, 0-0. I told the girls that the first team to score would more than likely be the winner of the game. Unfortunately, I was right, Paris scored first.”
The Lady Cats play today at home against North Lamar, JV 5:30, varsity 7 p.m.
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