Wildcat soccer team records fourth shuout in five games
From Staff Reports

Feb. 15, 2006 - TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs Wildcat soccer team lives by the credo that if the other team doesn't score, they can't win.

For the fourth time in five district games, the Wildcats didn't allow a goal in shutting out Texas High, 3-0, on Tuesday to remain unbeaten in District 13-4A.

Daniel Santillan, Cole Lancaster and Rolando Larios each had a goal, while Spenser Daniel added two assists as the Wildcats improved to 5-0 in district, 14-2 overall. With the maximum of 15 points in 13-4A, the Wildcats lead the league.

On Tuesday, Sulphur Springs outshot Texas High, 38-4.

SSHS head coach Andy Holt said the Tiger goal keeper played well, but that the Wildcats didn't allow Texas High's counter-attack strategy to work.

"It looked like they were running a 4-5-1 with one guy up top," Holt explained. "They were trying to play counter-attack against us, very similar to what Pleasant Grove did. They did a good job defensively, and their keeper did an outstanding job making saves.

"We did a good job of playing well, playing our style and not getting countered."

Santillan scored the Cats' first goal off a throw in by Graham Northcutt, which was flicked over to Santillan from Spenser Daniel. It is a designed play which has worked over and over for the Cats this season.

"It was just the usual for them - it's a big part of our scoring and a big threat for us," Holt said.

Larios scored the second goal after receiving the ball from about 25 yards out and dribbling it between two Tigers.

"Then. it was just him and the keeper and he passed it by the keeper," Holt said. "It was just good individual skills."

Lancaster added the third goal when Daniel knocked the ball to the backside of the net, where Lancaster was there to finish it.

"They guys played well last night. Looking at the shot chart, we dominated," Holt said. "We did a good job in the middle with Rolando and Blake (Holly) knocking the balls and spreading it and keeping possession. The guys in the back did a good job with that as well.

"Sometimes when you're not having a whole lot of offense brought at you, you can can kind of lose focus. Those guys did a good job of getting involved in the offense."

The Wildcats are scheduled to play again Friday when they host North Lamar. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity to begin at 7:15.

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