|Lady Cats take down Pleasant Grove at Prim Stadium|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Feb. 15, 2005 - After a tough non-district schedule, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats are undefeated in district play after a 3-0 victory over the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks Monday night.
Coach J.J. Williams' team is now 6-11 overall and 2-0 in District 13-4A play and will travel to Mount Pleasant Saturday afternoon. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
"This takes us to 2-0 now and gives us every bit of momentum that we can have right now," the coach said. "We have had wins of 5-2 and 3-0 and I hope that the district sees that we are the team to reckon with and that we will bring everything that we've got in preparation for the playoffs."
Senior forward Ashley Petty opened up the scoring for the Lady Cats with a blast into the left corner of the goal past an outstretched Jillian McCulloch with 35 minutes left in the first half of play for the early 1-0 lead.
Williams praised the play of sophomore Gayle Grand-Lienard and Petty in the game, but also said it took a total team effort for the Lady Cats to pick up their second district win of the year.
SSHS took a 2-0 lead when Grand-Lienard and Petty connected for the goal as Grand-Lienard slid the ball past McCulloch with 15:34 left on the clock in the first half.
"Those two girls dominate for us up front and I could not ask for anything better, but really this is a total team unity," Williams said. "I was proud of all of them and they really did their part for us, and I think I got to play everybody tonight."
The Lady Cats had three opportunities in the first half from senior midfielder Tess Bragg to give Sulphur Springs a 4-0 lead but she was not able to capitalize on either one in game. Bragg had one shot that went high from six feet out and then in the second half she had a shot go off the post.
Senior Jennifer Moreland added the insurance goal with 9:02 left on the clock for the 3-0 win.
Kai'la Petty had her third shutout period in the last two games in goal as senior Lacey Lopez has been on the sideline with an ankle injury. Williams said Kai'la has played extremely well the past couple of games.
"Kai'la is a great goalkeeper for us and I am fortunate to have two great keepers on my team," the coach said. "One, unfortunately, has an ankle injury and she has gotten the starting nod lately and to have two talented goalies, you just couldn't ask for more."
This is the first season for Pleasant Grove to play a varsity schedule after playing club soccer last year.