Soccer teams lose in tournament play
From Staff Reports

Jan. 14, 2005 -- It wasn't a good day for either Sulphur Springs soccer team on Thursday in their respective tournaments.

The SSHS boys dropped a pair of pool games, which don't count in the overall record, while the girls were shutout by Highland Park, 4-0.

The Wildcats lost in a shootout to Chapel Hill in their opener of the Kilgore tournament, then fell 1-0 to the host team in the other pool game. The pool games were shortened to 20-minute halves for seeding purposes.

SSHS head coach Andy Holt said the Cats are scheduled to have a rematch against Chapel Hill at 4 p.m. today, then take on an undetermined opponent at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Sulphur Springs should be ready today for Chapel Hill, Holt said.

"I like our chances against them. We controlled the whole game," he explained. "We just finished watching their film, and I think they had two shots and one of them was from 40-45 yards out.

"We had several corner kicks we just couldn't finish yesterday, which I'm hoping isn't going to be the theme this year. It was the theme last year, but we're going to be doing everything we can to score some goals."

He said the team played well both games, especially sophomore Rolaundo Larios.

"He did a great job controlling the ball and distributing it to the other players, which is exactly what he's supposed to be doing, Holt said. "And our fullbacks were good. I thought all of our fullbacks played really well.

"We played well both games. Kilgore had a good finish on their's - we actually had a mental error on the defending part of it. But, overall we played well. I think we played better than both teams, but Kilgore put one in the back of the net and we didn't."

GIRLS

The Lady Cats fell to 0-1-1 on the young season with the loss to Highland Park in the opening round of the Sherman tournament.

"It was just one of those games," said head coach J.J. Williams. "We're working on team unity right now. If we come together as a team, we'll be OK."

The Lady Cats return to the pitch at 6 p.m. today against Wichita Falls Hirschi, and will play Frisco Centennial at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. If they win both of those games, they will play again on Saturday, Williams said.

"We didn't play very well against Highland Park, and we'll need to get better today," he explained.

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