Wildcats soccer continues undefeated district season
Feb. 20, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats notched another lopsided district win on Friday as they stayed unbeaten in 13-4A with a 6-2 win over North Lamar at Gerald Prim Stadium.
The Wildcats (15-2 overall) improved to 6-0 in district with 18 points and remained alone atop the 13-4A standings. North Lamar dropped to 2-4.
Senior Chris Rogers led the Wildcats, scoring a hat trick and assisting on another goal. He put three of his four shots in the net.
Classmate Blake Holly added two goals and two assists, and Daniel Santillan had a goal and an assist. Graham Northcutt had the final assist.
"The same guys up front are scoring a lot of goals, and we're getting good production from them. That's good," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "We scored on a throw-in again, so we're scoring on our bread-and-butter, and that's good. That just helps us as we move on.
The Wildcats took 39 shots on goal and went up 6-0 before North Lamar scored two late goals by Zack Johnson and Trey McNeal. Sulphur Springs has given up just three goals in six district games.
"Our guys played well. We did a good job of spreading them out and playing our style of soccer," Holt said. "We worked the flanks pretty well and sent some balls in, then we were able to open up the middle and penetrate through there.
"We took a lot of shots and attacked the goal a lot. The result was we scored six goals."
The Wildcats are off until Saturday, when they host Paris (4-2, 12 points, tied for third) with the varsity game beginning at 2:45 p.m. at Gerald Prim Stadium. After that, the Cats begin the second round of district play against arch rival Mount Pleasant, which lost 2-0 to SSHS the first time around.
It's been about three weeks since the Wildcats played one of the top teams in district, but will have two very important games in a row.
"I think we've progressed in our game and gotten better every game, so we're not stagnant. We're getting better, and that's something you look for, obviously," Holt said. "Hopefully, we'll keep getting better and be ready for Paris, then we have Mount Pleasant right after Paris.
"It'll be two tough games back-to-back, and that'll be good for us. Hopefully, it will be a playoff atmosphere and playoff game situations."