Lady Cats record shutout over Pleasant Grove
From Staff Reports

Feb. 14, 2006 - TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats received two goals and two assists from junior Gayle Grand-Lienard in their 4-0 win over the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks Monday night to improve to 2-0 in District 13-4A.

"The first half, I wasn't really pleased with how we played, but we held a 1-0 lead," said SSHS coach J.J. Williams. "In the second half, we came out and played our game and scored three goals.

"We need to spread the ball out more in our next game. They passed the ball great and talked great, and all we need to work on is marking up and spreading the ball out more."

The Lady Cats (7-7-3, 2-0 in district) will now prepare for their district home opener against Mount Pleasant Saturday afternoon. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Gerald Prim Stadium, following junior varsity action.

"Mount Pleasant beat this Pleasant Grove bunch, 1-0, and they are a tough bunch. They had a bad game against Texas High and were beaten 6-0 from what I understand," the coach said. "You never know who is going to win and you have to show up every day to play your best game, and I am looking to go 3-0 against Mount Pleasant."

Sulphur Springs opened up the match with a goal from Amanda Stoltenberg on a cross from Grand-Lienard just 1:58 into the game for a 1-0 lead.

Williams said in the second half, Morgan Baima scored a goal along with Grand-Lienard's goals and sisters Robin and Bonnie Grafton had assists.

In only her second game for the Lady Cats, Robin Grafton is starting to get the rust off of her game and is performing well along with defenders Elvia Zuniga, Erica Verner and goalkeeper Kai'la Petty, Williams said.

"Robin is coming on and she missed half of the season and she is really playing better," he said. "The entire defense played well and Elvia played well for us and she has been playing great during the last three games. Erica and Kai'la have played well recently."

Pleasant Grove outshot Sulphur Springs, 12-10, but Petty was able to record the shutout in goal.

"Actually, I think they outshot us 12-10  and some of them were just slow rollers and not really shots," Williams said. "Kai'la made great saves and I think that she had four saves in the second half that were good saves. They were a good team and we were lucky to come out with the win. 

"Everybody on the bench got to play at least 10 minutes and I was proud of that."

Williams said he is starting to see the team come together the way he had hoped they would and hopes they continue the winning streak.

"All of the North Lamar game and the second half of the Pleasant Grove game I think they proved to me what I wanted to see. I am more comfortable with letting them play and they are a great bunch of players," Williams said. "They are doing great and there is nothing else that I could ask of from this group."

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