FORNEY – The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats made a run at the sixth-ranked team in the state Tuesday, but in the end they just couldn’t keep pace with the Carrollton Creekview Lady Mustangs.
Creekview scored a pair of goals in the first half and came back with three more in the second half to take a 5-0 bi-district victory at City Bank Stadium.
The win improved Creekview’s record to 17-3-3, while the Lady Cats ended their season with a 10-11-4 mark.
Sulphur Springs came into the game as a decided underdog, and Creekview’s up-tempo offensive attack eventually proved too much for the Lady Cats to counter.
“We played a very good game,” said SSHS head coach Jesus DeLeon. “We played them straight up in that we didn't change the way we would normally play any other team. We had six shots on goal and four corner kicks, so we had our chances. The other team just played at a higher tempo and it eventually wore us down.”
Sulphur Springs sophomore Grace Grafton had four of the team’s shots, and her best chance to score came with about 20 minutes to go in the match when she headed the ball about 25 yards out, ran onto it and took a shot from 12 yards away as the goalie closed. Her hard shot hit the top crossbar of the goal and bounded high and right into the hands of goalie Alyssa Palacios.
Creekview opened the scoring in the first seven minutes of the match when Alexiz Magro-Malo took a pass from Kelsie Peck and slid it past the Sulphur Springs goal keeper, Emalee McMillan, who came out to challenge the shot. The second goal came courtesy of Peck, who dribbled in and shot it past the goalie from 10 yards out at the 12:24 mark to give the Lady Mustangs a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Lady Cats’ Madison Ramirez tried a free kick from about 30 yards out at the 11-minute mark of the first half, but the shot went wide.
In the second half, Sulphur Springs’ McMillian had six saves, but Creekview kept the pressure on with a dozen shots on goal.
The Lady Mustangs’ third goal came from Jordan Gillespie, who ran onto a ball on the left side and fired a shot past the diving goalie at 18:51. The fourth goal came at 8:28 when Magro-Malo scored her second goal on an assist from Peck. The final score came from Alexia Longoria, who finished off a free kick from 11 yards out at the 7:53 mark.
“The team has grown a lot,” DeLeon said, “and we hope the experience gained this year will pay off next season.”
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