FORNEY — It was a rough night for Sulphur Springs soccer teams as they both were shutout Tuesday in playoff action at Forney City Bank Stadium.
Lady Raccoons 5, Lady Cats 0
The Lady Cats were defeated 5-0 by the Frisco Lady Raccoons in the first game of the playoff doubleheader. The second game went to McKinney as the Lions roared taking a 3-0 decision over the Wildcats.
Frisco showed why they were 17-3-1 on the year as they dominated scoring chances and played well together with several players who had been club teammates for years. The Lady Cats had a strong first half on the defensive end, holding the Lady Raccoons scoreless.
“You could hear Frisco’s frustration on the field,” said Sulphur Springs head girls soccer coach Joel Bailey. “They’re a team of finesse and control the tempo of the game. We held our own ground for 40 solid minutes. That’s something to be proud of.”
Chelsea Geller and Katie O’Malley scored two goals each. Geller first came at the 37:36 mark of the second half. O’Malley added penalty kick less than a minute later to give the Lady Raccoons a 2-0 lead and a lot of momentum. Geller scored at the 18:20 mark and O’Malley got a nice assist from Alexis Reyes to make it a 4-0 game. Frisco added a late Jeanie Hathaway goal to make it a 5-0 final.
The Lady Cats gathered as a group, locked arms on the field one last time, then broke into groups exchanging hugs.
Bailey added. “This was a great group of girls, it was an honor to be their coach.”
Lions 3, Wildcats 0
Sulphur Springs had a tough time in the boys playoff game with McKinney fielding a talented and quick squad.
Ross Hicks had several saves for the Wildcats in goal. One of the shots by McKinney hit the top bar and missed the mark.
The Lions scored with 6:53 left in the first half when Jonathan Smith pounded the back of the net with a kick. The 1-0 lead held up as the first half ended.
“They were fast and strong. McKinney put a lot of pressure on us and we did a good job of defending, but they were able to score in the first half,” SS head boys soccer coach Andy Holt said. “They challenged us on every 50/50 ball.”
Smith scored again, this time unassisted with 6:16 left in the game. Conrad Goldberg added a goal with 34 seconds remaining to give the Lions a 3-0 victory.
McKinney, 23-3-2, will advance to meet the Paris/McKinney winner in the next round of the Class 4A soccer playoffs.
“Our guys played extremely hard last night,” Holt said. “I felt like it was a hard fought game. The conditions were great. The field was nice. I thought some of our guys played their best game of the year. Bailey Booher and Chris White did a great job of making it hard for the McKinney fowards. We had a successful year this year and continued the tradition of good soccer at Sulphur Springs. We are expecting several kids back next year to carry on the tradition and hopefully we can win some playoff games next year.”
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