PRINCETON — The Sulphur Springs Wildcats got a key win Friday to remain undefeated in District 19-4A soccer.
The Wildcats scored an early goal and hung on for a 1-0 win over the Panthers in distrct road action.
Sulphur Springs won the game playing short-handed. Leading Wildcats scorer Tony Bravo was unable to play due to injury.
The win advances the Wildcats to 6-0 in district play with two road games remaining.
“We got the only goal in the first five minutes of the second half. Samuel Gallegos got on the end of a cross from Brian DeLaRosa. The play was set up by Erick Robles who started dribbling at midfield and took the ball all the way down the left side of the field, beating several players,” said Andy Holt, Sulphur Springs head soccer coach. “He then slotted the ball back to DeLaRosa, who sent the ball immediately across to Gallegos who one touched the ball into the back of the net. It was a nice goal and much needed. We didn't have very many chances the first half. It took us a while to get comfortable and settle in.”
Holt added, “Princeton had some chances early, but the shots came from way out, which Moises Torres handled easily. While we struggled to find the back of the net, our defense played strong. Erick Robles played sweeper for the first 25 minutes and then we pushed him up front to help with the offense. Nazario stepped in as sweeper and played well. Juan Gomez was our left back and has been consistent all year for us. Steven Moreno stepped in as our stopper and did a good job. Christian Gutierrez played well at right back when we made the switch. The adjustment helped us get on the scoreboard very early into the second half. As soon as we scored, we went back with Robles at sweeper as normal and the defense did an outstanding job stepping up to the challenge and keeping Princeton scoreless.”
The Wildcats are idle until they play in Paris, March 18 for a game which could determine the district title.
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