By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
Sulphur Springs teams split Tuesday night district soccer games against Greenville at two locations.
Chilly temperatures were the rule of the night with the wind chill in the upper 30s with teams playing under slick, damp and raw conditions.
The Wildcats lost in Greenville on the rug at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium while the Lady Cats were victorious at home.
The track/soccer complex grass had a few slick places and some standing water but was in good shape considering recent rain.
The Lady Cats won 3-0 over the Lady Lions.
Sulphur Springs avoided several scoring tries early by Greenville thanks to nice goalkeeper play by Abbi Hale.
Sulphur Springs got on the board when Sophie Young scored with a kick into the corner of the net with 13:20 in the first half. The score set up by a pass from Mileena Zirretta.
The Lady Cats got on the scoreboard again before he half when Makenna Kager scored. The home team was up 2-0 at intermission.
Sulphur Springs closed out the scoring with a Gracie Boyer goal with 36:16 remaining in the final half.
“We have a problems getting off to slow starts, our midfield play was not sharp, “ said Jesus DeLeon, Sulphur Springs head girls soccer coach. “Greenville’s attack was problem for us and they actually outshot us in the first half. The midfielders found their rhythm and starting finding forwards.”
The Sulphur Springs JV won 6-0 in the early game. Vanessa Diosdado assisted Ashley Noe for the first two goals. Haley Robinson set up Allie Stephens for the third goal. In the second half Shelby McCormick scored off an assist from Paiten Daniel while Keeley Hudgins added the final score set up by Diosdado.
The Wildcats lost 2-1 in Greenville with Chris Espinoza getting the lone goal for Sulphur Springs.
“We didn’t play our best game, we never passed the game and had possession in the attacking third of the field,” said Nick Wiggins, Wildcats head soccer coach.
The Sulphur Springs JV boys won 1-0 from a Daniel Moreno goal in the 25th minute of the second half off a ricochet according to coach Ross Hicks.
Hicks said, “Keeper Noe Ponce had some key saves in a heavy wind. Sweeper Andrew Escobar played well in the back to keep the Lions from scoring.”
Friday the Lady Cats play in Hallsville while the Wildcats host the Bobcats at the track/soccer complex.
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