Wildcats drop contest against Class 5A Rowlett, 2-0
From Staff Reports

Jan. 18, 2006 - Perhaps drained from the four games played in two days last weekend, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats didn't bring their "A" game to their home opener on Tuesday, losing 2-0 to Rowlett.

"Roweltt is 5A, and they've got a good program going. They looked good, and we didn't have the intensity we need to have to step up to their level," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "I want to say that it was because of this weekend - that we were still tired from the weekend - but we didn't have the intensity. Our passes weren't where they needed to be, and it just seemed like our desire wasn't there last night."

He praised the play of goal keeper Jeremy Potter, forward Chris Rodgers and defender Wilfredo Larios, but said as a unit the Wildcats weren't in top form.

"Jeremy Potter did a good job in the back. They probably could have scored a few more, but he made some good saves," Holt explained. "Wilfredo Larios, I thought, had the intensity. He got after it and just didn't have a whole lot of help. I thought Chris Rodgers had a decent night up top. Those three guys were playing hard."

Two key saves from the Rowlett goalie kept the Wildcats (3-2) from building any momentum. One of the saves came on a rebound kick off a Spenser Daniel throw-in, and the other was on an 18-foot shot by Oscar Maraquin in which the keeper dove to his left to deflect the kick.

"We just weren't able to find the back of the net" Holt said. "That's not taking anything away from Rowlett, because they were good, and that might have been one of the things is that they were good. 

"But, we've got to find ways to beat those good teams, and make sure we show up every night. Hopefully, we can bounce back from it and learn from it. That's what we're looking for this weekend in the tournament."

The Wildcats travel to Corsicana for five games in three days. They start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and will have two more games on Friday.

"I just think we were kind of drained and tired from this weekend, but we're about to play five games, so we'd better get excited about it," Holt said. "The main thing is that we move forward and learn from it and not let it set us back.

"If we come and play with our 'A' game, I think we can beat anyone we play against."

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