|Wildcats win lopsided game against Liberty-Eylau|
|From Staff Reports|
Feb. 7, 2006 - TEXARKANA - Another game, another blowout.
Two soccer matches in a span of four days have added up to two lopsided wins for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats, who beat Liberty-Eylau, 9-1, on Monday at Harris Field.
The Cats got a hat trick from sophomore Tate Ramirez, his second multi-goal game in a row, and had six others put the ball in the net. The Wildcats have won the last two matches by a combined score of 19-1.
Sulphur Springs (12-2 overall) is now 3-0 in District 13-4A with the maximum of nine points, the same as Paris. Mount Pleasant and Texarkana Pleasant Grove are tied for third with 2-1 records and six points each.
SSHS head coach Andy Holt said the Wildcats went into Monday's game against L-E with the intent of maintaining control of the game and working the ball to get open shots.
"Our guys went out and did a good job of possessing the ball, and that was kind of the idea going into the game," Holt said. "We wanted to possess the ball and be patient. If it's there, it's there; and if not, let's knock it around and wait until it does get there."
That method certainly worked for Ramirez, who scored on all three shots he took.
"Tate's a sophomore, and he did a good job of getting on the ends of some crosses and putting them in the back of the net," Holt said. "That's five goals for him in the last two games, so that's encouraging for us and for him that he is going to be able to do that when the seniors leave. He did a good job on the outside mid."
Others scoring one goal each included goal keeper Jeremy Potter, Spenser Daniel, Cole Lancaster, Blake Holly, Oscar Marroquin and Daniel Santillan, who is tied for the team lead in goals scored with Chris Rodgers at 13. Daniel and Holly also each had an assist.
L-E scored with about three minutes left in the match on a goal by Bill Atchison. It was the first goal given up the Cats in district play.
They will host Pleasant Grove at Gerald Prim Stadium on Saturday. The JV game will begin at 1 p.m., with the varsity match to start at about 2:45 p.m.
"Pleasant Grove will be ready to play us and will be excited coming to our place," said Holt. "Hopefully, we'll take care of business."