Wildcats end soccer season on sour note in area round of playoffs
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 30, 2005 - LINDALE - The area round of the Class 4A playoffs for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats ended on a sour note Tuesday night at Eagle Stadium.

Henderson's Samuel Arellano and Chris Bounds combined for five of the Lions' six goals in a 6-0 shutout win over Sulphur Springs.

"This does not take away from the season that we had because we had a great season," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "Henderson made some good shots, and we just couldn't finish tonight when we had the chance."

The Lions (16-5-7) will now face Athens in the regional quarterfinals, while Sulphur Springs ends the season at 20-7. Athens, the 15-4A champions, defeated Wylie 3-2 in a shootout.

Sulphur Springs was the first team in school history to record 20 wins in a season, but was not able to get anything past Henderson goalie Jarrett Davis all night long.

"They played great defense tonight and did a good job of countering us when we tried to press them. They are a good team, and they have some great players that can make things happen," Holt said.

With 20 minutes remaining in the first half, Wilson Jones had the best opportunity for the Wildcats during the entire game but his off-balance shot went just wide of Davis from five yards out.

In the first half of play, both team played a physical first 31 minutes before Erik Romero nailed a direct kick past SSHS goalie Jeremy Potter from 28 yards out for a 1-0 lead at the half.

Holt said he felt the team played well at the start of the game but there was no way that Jones, Eric Chenault, Wilfredo Larios, Brent Holly, Blake Holly and Chris Rodgers could get past the defensive unit of the Lions and get clean shots on goal.

"They played really good defense and that was about it because we played well but just not good enough," the coach said.

The defensive unit of John Fox, David Miranda, Spenser Daniel and Graham Northcutt held the high-powered Henderson attack to only seven shots on goal in the first half.

Offensively, the senior duo of Jared Ramey and Chenault were not able to find any sort of an opening throughout the entire game as they seemed to be the focus of the Henderson attack. The duo was the leading scorers for the Wildcats during the regular season combining for 23 goals.

Ramey ends his senior season with 14 goals before a dislocated elbow sat him out for seven games, while Chenault wrapped up with nine goals.

Bounds and Arellano made their presence felt in the second half as Arellano recorded a hat trick.

"We knew about them coming in, and we couldn't stop them. They (Bounds and Arellano) are just too good," the coach said. "Those kids are fast, physical, smart and they can play some soccer."

Arellano scored a goal and had two assists against Whitehouse in the bi-district overtime win last Thursday and Bounds scored two goals in the second half against Sulphur Springs.

Arellano scored his first goal on a header off a corner kick by Romero, then came back later with 11 minutes on the clock for his second goal off an assist from Jeffery Legg, and scored his final goal three minutes later on a blast past Calan Ashmore with 8:25 left.

"It is frustrating to see our seniors go out like this but hat's off to Henderson. This was good and bad because the whole team should be very proud of the season that we had and this is another milestone here at Sulphur Springs," Holt said. "We didn't accomplish the one goal that we wanted the most and that was to win a playoff game, and I am going to miss these seniors."

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