|Wildcats shutout Liberty-Eylau|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
March 7, 2006 - After taking care of the Liberty-Eylau Leopards, 9-1, in their first meeting of the year, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats came back and scored a 10-0 victory over the Leopards at Gerald Prim Stadium Monday night.
"I thought we played better than we did against Commerce," said Wildcat coach Andy Holt. "We did a better job of finding the feet of our forwards and when we do that it springs a lot of opportunities. We can create a lot more chances and we did an outstanding job of playing balls into the corners. I hate to revert back to Mount Pleasant, but I don't think we did a very good job of that and that is something we will have to do in the playoffs."
Wildcat forward Daniel Santillan scored a hat trick, while teammates Spenser Daniel, Chris Rodgers and Blake Holly had two goals each and Oscar Marroquin had one goal. This was the fifth goal in two games for Santillan.
Holt praised the play of Santillan, Daniel, Rodgers, Holly and Rolando Larios.
"Daniel did a good job and just like Chris on top are working well together and doing a good job," the coach said.
"Spenser did a good job and I think when he calms down and calms the game down and distributes the ball we become a better team. I think when he, Blake and Rolando are in the middle and are able to win that area then we are able to win the game."
Sulphur Springs will now prepare for Pleasant Grove Saturday afternoon and Holt said it will be a tough game for them in Texarkana.
"That is going to be a good game and I think Pleasant Grove will be ready to go. Last time, we beat them 6-0 but it was 0-0 after the first half and I am afraid that we won't have Graham (Northcutt) because he will probably be at the track meet," Holt said. "That is going to leave a void in the back so we are going to need somebody to step up and play a position back there."
Holly opened up the scoring for the Wildcats before fans could get comfortable as he nailed a shot past the goalie only three minutes into the game.
Santillan then got into the scoring column as he crossed up the Leopards' goalie from eight yards out for a 2-0 lead.
Sulphur Springs held a 6-0 lead after the first half of play as they controlled the ball on their side of the field for the first 40 minutes of the game.
One of the most athletic goals came from Santillan in the second half of play as he completely twisted himself around and connected with the ball into the back of the net for an 8-0 lead.
Daniel scored both of his goals in the second half as he opened the second half with a blast from 20 yards out and then capped off the scoring with 25:37 remaining in the contest.
The Wildcats dominated the shots-on-goal category as Sulphur Springs outshot Liberty-Eylau, 29-1, as Jeremy Potter and Victor Medina were able to preserve the shutout.
Holt said for the Wildcats to continue the streak they are on and to be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, they need to not let up with style of play they showed against L-E.
"We need to win, and if we lose then we will be the No. 2 seed unless Mount Pleasant loses," the coach said. "We are in control of our destiny and as long as we win we will be fine, and if we do like we did tonight I think we will finish out the second half of district like we did the first half."