Both Sulphur Springs teams will be involved in a bi-district Class 4A soccer doubleheader playoff.
The Sulphur Spring Lady Cats (17-3-2) face Little Elm at 6 p.m.
The Wildcats (13-6-6) take on Newman Smith at 8 p.m.
Both games will be played at McKinney North on today.
The first game will feature a tough matchup in girls competition.
“We are looking forward to facing Little Elm. We have the strongest team we have had in years - narrowly missing out on the district championship by a single point,” said Jesus DeLeon, Sulphur Springs head girls soccer coach. “Little Elm is similar to other teams we have played this year and feel the we are very competitive with them. We have to play mistake free and as we say ‘nothing for free’ as they are team that does very well scoring of set plays.”
The Lady Cats have had an outstanding year winning 81 percent of all games.
For the year, the Lady Cats average scoring 3.1 goals per game.
Sulphur Springs has scored 70 goals, while allowing just 14.
Top scorers include: Esmeralda Sanchez, 21 goals; Madison Ramirez, 13; Grace Grafton, 10 and Myranda Pierce, 9.
Ramirez tops the team with 14 assists.
Emily Hurley had 83 saves at goal keeper and 11 shutouts in 21 varsity games.
The Wildcats will take on the Newman Smith. The Trojans have a 10-10-2 record, they are 0-2-1 in their last three district games. They finished 3-3-2 in 20-4A action.
Newman Smith averaged 1.6 goals per game, they have some 36 total goals this year according to their Max Preps website.
Top players are No. 5 Josh Malone, a senior midfielder. He leads the team in goals with 11 and assists with nine. Junior forward Jonathan Cisneros has seven goals for the year.
The Wildcats went 20-4-5 in the playoffs last year, losing to Mesquite Poteet in the regional quarterfinals.
“We have a few guys of that team to lean on to help us with leadership,” said Andy Holt, Sulphur Springs head boys soccer coach. “Brian Dela Rosa, Moises Torres, Leo Sanchez, Juan Gomez and Ryan Watson. We are excited about making the playoffs.”
Sulphur Springs has made the playoffs 21 years in a row.
Dela Rosa is the leading scorer with nine goals, Josue Roque had eight. They both have three assists. The Wildcats have nine shutouts, four in district.
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