Lady Cats seniors hope to have a winning finale against Texas High
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 18, 2006 - For the seven seniors of the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats soccer program, their game against Texas High today at Gerald Prim Stadium could be sweet revenge after a 4-0 loss earlier in the season in Texarkana.

With a win today and a North Lamar loss to Pleasant Grove, the Lady Cats would be the No. 3 seed in District 13-4A, and senior Makenzie Kelty knows motivation will be key for the seniors in today's game.

"We got the short end of the stick this year and I hope they can do better next year," Kelty said. "We have to win no matter what and we need some help to get in. We are going to have to motivate the younger girls to play hard."

Kelty said she will be returning to the lineup today after sitting out three of the last four games with concussions, and the team chemistry needs to be very strong.

"I think it will be completely different, and I hope we win and that we give it our all and do our best to win the game," Kelty said. "It has been really good and I think we had a really strong chemistry at the start of the year and we have tried to hold it together, but we have had so many injuries and other things happen."

Seniors Kelty, Morgan Baima, Andrea Cordova, Maribel Sanchez, Kristen Feddon, Susana Perez and Maria Zuniga all know Texas High will be tough but this game will be sad because it could be their final time playing together.

"It is going to be really tough and we have to have the mindset to win. We have to do it as a team and if we don't, then it is not going to work," said Baima. "I think if we all come together and play hard, then it will come together, and we have a good chance of winning it."

Baima has been on the varsity for two years now and has plans on attending St. Edwards University in the fall and hopefully playing soccer for the Hilltoppers.

She said the majority of the season has been difficult at times and picking up their win in what could be their final game will be a good way to end the year.

"We have had our ups and downs," Baima said. "This win will mean that we are a good team and we did come together at the end of the season despite was has happened this year and it will mean a lot."

Baima and Cordova have been the captains along with junior Erica Verner, and Cordova said her senior year has been memorable with her classmates.

"It has been fun, but it is kind of sad at the same time because we have been together for four years, and me and Morgan have been playing together ever since our freshman year," she said.

Cordova knows that their defense needs to be more intense than it was the first time around and they will be ready since they are playing at home.

"We have got to play tough defense because we just let them score last time and that team is beatable because Paris beat them and we almost beat Paris, and we need to play like we did against Paris," she said.

Sanchez has been on the varsity for two years and said playing for coach J.J. Williams has been well worth the experience and has made her a better player.

"It has been awesome and he is a great coach," Sanchez said. "He has inspired me a lot and he was always there for me and never gave up on me. "It has been good and I have learned a lot and you can tell the difference between playing on JV and playing on varsity with the skills and everything else."

Feddon and Perez are finishing their only year on the varsity squad and both players said it has been a fun year for them.

"It has been great and I think we really came together for the first time recently so we have been doing good," said Feddon. "It is going to be sad, and we have had our ups and downs this year but I think we will come out and play good."

For three-year varsity member Zuniga, she knows once the final horn sounds in her final game that it will be a tough ending to her varsity season.

"It has been exciting but it is kind of sad, and after the season we are all going to graduate and then it is going to be over and it won't be the same thing," she said. "It is the final game and it is going to be sad, but it will be exciting because I will remember it the most."

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