Lady Cats soccer in familiar position with 1-3 record
From Staff Reports

Jan. 18, 2005 - KILGORE - Following Monday's 2-0 loss to Kilgore, Sulphur Springs soccer coach J.J. Williams reminded his girls how the Lady Cats' season went last year - from a 1-3 start to a district championship.

This year's edition of the Lady Cats find themselves with a 1-3 record also after participating in the Sherman tournament and the Kilgore game.

"I've got to remind them that we started out 1-3 last year," said Williams. "It's rough when you have that tough competition to start off the year and your girls don't have a chance to play league ball or whatever the bigger cities have to offer.

"It seems like when one side comes together, the other side falls apart, but soon we'll have that break-out game where we all come together and feel what it's like to be the dominant team."

Against Kilgore, the Lady Cats were unable to finish off offensive possessions, when the Lady Dogs slipped the ball past the goal keeper once in each half.

The first goal came when goalie Lacey Lopez collided with a teammate, hurting Lopez's knee and allowing Kilgore a free shot on goal.

"That one never should have happened," Williams said.

In the second half, a Kilgore player was able to knock the ball between goalie Kai'la Petty and the post.

He said senior Tess Bragg, sophomore Gayle Grand-Lienard and junior Makenzie Kelty all played well despite the loss.

"We played well. We passed the ball around, but every time we got down there, the ball would just slip away from us a little bit and we couldn't finish," Williams said. "We were getting nailed in the back. They've always been physical. That's what you expect from Kilgore. It was a physical game."

The Lady Cats will be working on "passing with a purpose" in practices this week as they prepare for the Whitehouse tournament this weekend.

"We're going to be working on staying spread out and passing with a purpose. We've got the passing part down, but every once in a while it slips away from us, and we don't settle when we need to and we don't pass it right off when we need to," Williams said. I'm going to try to show these girls when to pass it and when to settle it. They just need a little more experience.

"We've got a young soccer team, but it'll come."

In the JV game, Kilgore took a 1-0 victory.

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