Nothing was going to spoil their finale.
For seniors- Bailey Booher, Ross Hicks, Victor Gonzalez, Rodrigo Yanez, Austin Rodriguez, Dylan Rutherford, Ruben Espinoza, Chris White, Jordan Watson, Carlos Martinez and Leo Becerra, Thursday was a time to shine.
In what could be their final home soccer game, the 11 seniors were determined to win as Sulphur Springs dominated Commerce coming up with a 2-0 win in Thursday night district competition at Gerald Prim Stadium.
The win gives Sulphur Springs an 11-8-3 overall record, 5-1-1 in District 20-4A competition.
The Wildcats jumped ahead 1-0 with a Fernado Arellano header coming off an assist by Brad Worsham assist at the 11:14 mark of the first half. Sulphur Springs missed several other scoring chances, including two kicks hitting off the post. At the half the home team had to be content with a 1-0 lead. Commerce had very few scoring chances in the entire game.
In the second half, Roberto Juarez scored off an assist by Carlos Martinez to give Sulphur Springs a 2-0 lead with 29:33 left. The final held up and the Wildcats won 2-0.
“ I think we played well and created a lot of scoring chances,” said Sulphur Springs head soccer coach Andy Holt. “I was pleased with the game, but it would have been nice to score a few more. It was a great night for senior night. The weather was nice and the fans came out to support. The seniors possibly played their last game at Gerald Prim Stadium. It was a good one for them to end on. Our season is far for over, we’re tied with Greenville for first place and we are still working toward a district championship.”
All 11 Wildcat senior players were recognized Thursday as they played in the final home regular season soccer game.
Sulphur Springs head soccer coach Andy Holt commented on each player.
Jordan Watson, two-year letterman. “He plays outside midfielder and has a good understanding of the game. He does a good job of getting services into the box.”
Jose Carlos Martinez, one-year letterman. “He plays forward and has done a good job of finding the back of the net this year.”
Victor Gonzalez, two-year letterman. “ Victor brings a lot of energy when he steps on the field. He plays forward and some outside midfield. He is an unselfish player and wants what is best of the team.”
Rodrigo Yanez, one-year letterman. “Rodrigo plays defender and some midfield. He has good speed and works hard.”
Bailey Booher, two-year letterman, co-captain. “Bailey has been a two-year starter and is a well-rounded soccer player.”
Dylan Rutherford, one-year letterman. “He plays outside left midfielder. He has a good left foot and has really developed over the past few months.”
Chris White, two-year letterman. “Chris is a guy that can shut down a great player. He does whatever it takes to get the job done.”
Leo Becerra, two-year letterman. “Leo has been with the program all four years and has done a great job for us. He has a high soccer IQ and does a good job scoring goals.
Austin Rodriguez, one-year letterman. “Austin plays forward and midfield. He is very enthusiastic and brings fire and energy to the team.”
Ruben Espinoza, two-year letterman. “Ruben has battled injuries this year, but has kept a good attitude.”
Ross Hicks, two-year letterman, co-captain. “He has developed tremendously over the past two years.”
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