The goals at Gerald Prim Stadium looked awfully small Monday night, but the Sulphur Springs Wildcats managed to wedge in enough shots to get by the Princeton Panthers, 3-0, in District 20-4A soccer action.
The Wildcats dominated the game – taking 20 shots to only three for Princeton – but led just 1-0 at halftime before finding some breathing room with a pair of second-half goals. That improved the SSHS record to 2-1 in district.
SSHS’ Leo Becerra broke a scoreless tie a little more than 24 minutes into the contest when he hit a shot from point-blank range after Roberto Juarez drew the Princeton goalkeeper off his line and sent a high pass to Becerra. Senior Jordan Watson set up the play when he slipped a pass to Juarez from the right sideline.
That was the only scoring in the first half despite several opportunities for Sulphur Springs. Five minutes into game, Carlos Martinez sent a corner kick into a pack of Wildcats, but Princeton was able to stop the attack and clear after a lengthy standoff in the goalie box. The first real shot of the game came at the 33:50 mark when Jesus Arellano dribbled in and shot the ball wide left.
Martinez had a one-on-one opportunity about four minutes later after Alejandro Arellano played a ball through, but sent it high and wide. Then, less than two minutes later, Bailey Booher boomed a free kick from 45 yards away that was headed by Dillon Rutherford, but the Princeton goal keeper managed to get a hand on it and tip it over the bar.
Sulphur Springs, meanwhile, did not allow a shot from within the 18-yard box in the first half, thanks in large part to the back defensive line of Booher, Brad Worsham and Chris White. Goalie Ross Hicks was also quick to come off his line to prevent Princeton from getting too deep into the box.
SSHS had three more excellent chances in the final five minutes of the first half when Watson sent a nice cross into Martinez, but the goalie stopped the shot; Juarez had a shot inside the box, but the goalie was there to smother the ball; and Martinez had a break-away at the one-minute mark, but the goalie was in the right place to make the save.
When the first half ended, the Wildcats had taken nine shots on goal to none for Princeton and had seven corner kicks to zero for the Panthers.
The Wildcats got some breathing room early in the second half when Martinez took a deflected pass from Fernando Arellano and dribbled down inside the 18-yard box, drew the goalie out and then shot the ball to the left corner of the net.
That gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead with 36:18 remaining in the contest.
Rutherford and Perez both had headers go wide before Juarez ended the scoring with a goal from 12-yards out. Fernando Arellano had sent a ball ahead to the Juarez, who caught up to it and one-timed it into the left side of the goal with 4:10 remaining.
The Wildcats continue district play on Saturday when they host Paris at Prim Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. for the JV game and 1 p.m. for varsity.
The SSHS Lady Cats, meanwhile, travel to Princeton today for a 6 p.m. contest.
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