PRINCETON — In soccer, just getting to play is a major battle.
The Sulphur Springs girls soccer team tried Tuesday and had to overcome several obstacles just to get the game in.
When it was all said and done the Lady Cats managed a 2-0 win over the Lady Panthers.
“It was a crazy game in the fog. Princeton’s stadium is getting new turf so we had to play on a practice field,” said Sulphur Springs soccer coach Joel Bailey explaining some of the difficulties. “The grass was short, it made the game extremely fast. Passes made toward the sidelines would roll out-of-bound because of the crown on the field.”
The coach continued, “In the first half we tried to get a feel for the field. We couldn't quite string anything together. Passes needed more touch and finesse because of the fast surface.”
The scoreless tie was broken at the 2:32 minute mark in the second half Bonnie Grafton scores the first goal of the game from an assist by Karlie Junot.
Bailey said, “ With about 10 minutes left in the game the lights when out. Apparently the practice field lights are on a timer and it wasn't set to allow for enough time. You have to ‘roll with it’ when things like that happen. Keeping the team focused and loose is your top priority. After a 10 minute delay the lights came on, and so did we. We had a great last 10 minutes. At the 35:09 minute mark Brittney Lamphere takes a hard shot on goal that the keeper miss handles and Abby Grand-Lienard is there on a backdoor run crashing the goal to put the game out of reach with the second goal of the night.”
He added, “We played well in the back. Jentri Broumley, Melissa Phillips, and Daci West kept the ball in front of them the majority of the night. Keeper, Macy Hurley, faced only three shots on goal. It's not how you start a game, it's how you finish them, and the girls proved that Tuesday.”
Feb 17, Results -SS 2, Princeton 0; NL 2, Greenville 1; Paris open.
Greenville and North Lamar each have six points; Sulphur Springs and Paris had three each and Princeton, zero in District 20-4A competition.
The Lady Cats host Sherman Friday with the JV starting at 5:30 and varsity at 7 p.m. at Gerald Prim Stadium.
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