Wildcats have two players named All-Tournament
From Staff Reports

Jan. 24, 2005 - LONGVIEW - The Sulphur Springs soccer Cats seemed to find their offensive groove last weekend, scoring nine goals in three games and having two players named to the Longview All-Tournament Team.

The Wildcats posted a pair of wins in the tournament against Round Rock and Texarkana Pleasant Grove, while losing only to state-ranked Nacogdoches.

Senior Jared Ramey scored a hat trick against Pleasant Grove and senior sweeper John Fox helped the Wildcats allow an average of just one goal per match as the pair were named All-Tournament.

"We played well this weekend. We had a really good tournament," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt, whose team improved to 3-4 against a quality diet of non-district opponents. "We played hard in every game, and got a couple of wins against some good teams."

In Friday's 3-0 opening win against Class 5A Round Rock, juniors Spenser Daniel and Rolando Larios and senior Wilson Jones all scored goals.

"Spenser scored on a throw-in, and did a good job of battling in there and finishing it," Holt said. "Wilson scored on a nice little set-up on the right side and crossed it over. Rolando's goal was kind of lucky, but we'll take it."

Defensively, the Wildcats limited Round Rock to few shots on goal, the coach said.

The Cats then lost to No. 7 Nacogdoches, 2-0, Friday evening. Nac scored its first goal with about 10 seconds remaining in the first half and put in another shot with seven minutes remaining in the game.

Fox stood out with his defensive play.

"John Fox did an especially good job against Nacogdoches, marking those guys up and not allowing them to have easy shots," Holt explained. "We played well defensively, and had some opportunities to score. It wasn't one-sided by any means. Our guys played well that night, but just weren't able to get the results we wanted."

On Saturday, the Wildcats whipped district rival Pleasant Grove, 6-1.

Ramey put in a hat trick, Wilfredo Larios added two goals and senior Eric Chenault scored one also.

Holt said Ramey, who has not played outdoor soccer in high school, is starting to feel more comfortable on the pitch.

"Jared has really started to come into this own and is starting the see the game a little better," Holt said. "The guys are really starting to come on offensively, which we need them to do."

The Wildcats are off tomorrow night, then start play on Thursday in the Pine Tree tournament. They open the tourney at 12:30 p.m. Thursday against Arlington Seguin, then turn around on Friday and play Marshall and Whitehouse. District 13-4A play then begins the following Tuesday at home against Mount Pleasant.

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