|Wildcats score six goals in second half|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Feb. 13, 2006 - The wind definitely played a factor in the Wildcats' 6-0 win over the Pleasant Grove Hawks Saturday afternoon at Gerald Prim Stadium, with Sulphur Springs scoring all of its goals in the second half.
"It was a game of two halves strictly because of the wind," said SSHS coach Andy Holt. "The wind was blowing 20-to-25 miles an hour from the north to the south and it didn't give us much action in the first half."
Sulphur Springs is now 13-2 overall and 4-0 in District 13-4A with the maximum 12 points heading into Tuesday night's contest at Texas High. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. following junior varsity action.
"They (Texas High) are going to be physical and will probably have some fast guys and we need to slow the game down and work it around and try to get crosses throughout the game," the coach said.
The Wildcats had two opportunities to score goals in the first half as Tate Ramirez blasted a shot off the post with 17:40 remaining in the first half, but Pleasant Grove's goalie Edgar Ortiz recovered the ball to keep the game scoreless.
Blake Holly then had a chance with 4:20 remaining as he split two defenders and Ortiz had a kick save.
"We had a couple of chances in the first half and (Jeremy) Potter made some good saves and then we brought them in at halftime and told them what we needed to do to be successful in the second half," Holt said.
"We wanted to spread them out and take shots when we had the opportunity because we had that wind and we were able to finish."
The second half was a whole different story for Sulphur Springs.
The Wildcats scored six goals on 15 shots as Chris Rogers blasted two shots less than one minute apart to give Sulphur Springs a 2-0 lead. Rogers now has 15 goals on the season for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats' second-leading goal scorer, Daniel Santillan, scored his 14th goal of the season on a cross from Rogers with 30:10 remaining.
"Those two guys know how to find the back of the net. They are leading our team right now and that takes a lot of pressure off of our center mid-fielders," Holt said.
The Wildcats also received goals from Blake Holly, Spenser Daniel and Ramirez in the game.
Holt also praised the play of his defensive unit.
"Brent Holly is doing a great job for us at sweeper, and Rolando Larios was sick and was able to battle through it and did a great job. Spenser and Graham (Northcutt) did a great job for us," the coach said.
Sulphur Springs outshot Pleasant Grove 28-7 in the game as Jeremy Potter and Victor Medina preserved the shutout in goal.
The Wildcats entered Saturday's match tied with Paris, but Paris lost to Mount Pleasant, 3-1. That leaves the Wildcats alone atop the district standings with MP and Paris tied for second with 3-1 records and nine points each.
In the junior varsity game, the Wildcats defeated Pleasant Grove 5-0 as they scored all five of their goals in the second half of play.