SSHS soccer girls rebound with 2-1 win over Texas High
From Staff Reports

Feb. 20, 2004 -- TEXARKANA -- Sulphur Springs had a lot to play for Friday night, as the Lady Wildcats currently lead District 14-4A and were just one day removed from what they felt was a letdown in Thursday night's 2-1 loss to Mount Pleasant.

Junior Ashley Petty had two goals, while freshman Gayle Grand-Lienard added an assist to lead SSHS (10-7, 3-1) past Texas High 2-1 to stay on top of the district standings with nine points.

The Lady Tigers tied the game six minutes into the second half on what SSHS head coach J.J. Williams termed a questionable penalty kick, but it didn't take long for the Lady Wildcats to put their foot down.

Petty scored her 22nd goal of the season on a breakaway at the 30:21 mark of the half, and the defense was stout the rest of the way. Sophomore Makenzie Kelty had a solid night defensively and sacrificed her body in the second half after colliding with a metal railing chasing a loose ball. She wasn't seriously injured.

SSHS knows the offense will come, but it's the aggressiveness on defense that will give them some confidence as well as allow them to make a solid playoff run in the second half.

Junior goalkeeper Lacey Lopez saved 12-of-13 shots on goal, and the Lady Wildcats had 22 shots themselves.

Petty scored her first goal of the night with 7:12 left in the first half, scoring off an assist from Grand-Lienard.

SSHS was able to bounce back without the services of senior Yorri Franklin, who is nursing an ankle injury and is expected back next week.

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