TEXARKANA— Few things in sports express a team’s dominance like a shutout.
To play a whole game without giving up a single score is a noteworthy achievement.
The Wildcats strung four shutouts together to win first place in the recent Border City Shootout Soccer Tournament winning by combined score of 15-0.
Sulphur Springs 2,
Sulphur Springs 3,
Texas High 0
Sulphur Springs 8,
Sulphur Springs 2, Kaufman 0
The loss by Kaufman was just the second of the year.
Whitehouse beat Pleasant Grove, 2-1 for third place. Texas High edged Atlanta, 2-1 for fifth place.
“We were able to pull it out at the Pleasant Grove Tournament. We won the championship game for Kaufman, 2-0 during play Saturday,” said Andy Holt, Sulphur Springs head boys soccer coach.
Sulphur Springs had three shots on goal against Kaufman in the first three minutes.
Senior Wildcat player Tony Bravo scored one of the goals in the 19th minute on his way to being named Most Valuable Player in the tournament. Bravo had six goals in four games.
The second goal came on Erick Robles assist on a set kick from 45 yards which Jose Garcia headed in.
Holt said, “We came out and played extremely well in the first 30 minutes. We got a goal in that time from Bravo. We had several other chances, but just missed or their keeper made a play. The last 10 minutes of the first half, Kaufman had some chances.”
The coach continued, “During this time our goal keeper (Moises Torres) made some plays. He made a great stop on a shot that was for sure going to sneak in on the back post. We came out and played well in the second half. They did have some chances, but our defense was up to the challenge. We were able to score the second goal with about three minutes left in the game.”
The win marks the second time for the boys soccer program to win a tournament. The last time was in 2006 in Corsicana.
Holt added, “It was a great weekend for us especially on the defensive side of things. We didn't give up a goal in the four games we played. It seems like we are coming together very nicely and looks like at the right time. District is right around the corner and we want to be playing our best soccer at that time.”
The Wildcats will host Pleasant Grove Tuesday and Texas High Friday.
Junior varsity at 5:30 p.m., varsity begins at 7 p.m.
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