|Rodgers set record against North Lamar|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
March 18, 2006 - PARIS - Hello, record book.
A new SSHS single-season scoring mark was set by senior Chris Rodgers Friday night at R.L. Maddox Stadium in a 4-1 victory over the North Lamar Panthers.
Rodgers scored a hat trick in the first 10:06 of the contest and now has 29 goals on the season with one game remaining at Paris Monday night in hopes of reaching the 30-goal plateau.
"It means a lot," said Rodgers. "It is great to know that I am up there now and it is exciting. I just need to show up to play, and we need to win our last district game to be the district champs.
"Daniel (Santillan) gave me a run for my money this year for sure, and he has been right up there in goals scored with me."
Rodgers praised his entire team in helping him to reach the record.
"My teammates are great. Cole Lancaster gave me a perfect ball up top for a goal,and Blake Holly had two of my assists, and it is great to know that you are sitting there and your teammates know that you are on the verge of the goal and they are going to do whatever they can to help," said Rodgers.
He opened the scoring on a rebound shot from Holly past goalie Jose Ramirez with 34:43 remaining for the 1-0 lead. Just 46 seconds later, Rodgers tied the scoring mark of Joey Cameron on an assist from Lancaster for a 2-0 advantage.
SSHS coach Andy Holt said this was a special night for the SSHS soccer program as Santillan and Rodgers each had over 20 goals scored this season.
"That is special for Chris and he earned it because of how hard he has worked this year," said Holt. "He is putting the ball in the back of the net and it was a surprise that he could score this many. We knew that he could score some goals, and it is special that he has broken the record."
With 29:54 remaining in the first half, Rodgers capped off his scoring with a shot past Ramirez on an assist from Holly for a 3-0 lead, and then with 6:07 left in the first half Rolando Larios scored for the 4-0 lead heading into the intermission.
The Wildcats outshot North Lamar, 26-3, in the game and Jeremy Potter had the only goal scored on him in the second half as North Lamar's Sam Fusaro was able to score on a breakaway past the right arm of Potter for the 4-1 deficit.
"It makes it even tougher when the goalkeeper doesn't see the ball but once or twice to keep focused, and when an opportunity comes they have to be ready," the coach said. "Potter did that twice tonight, and on the goal they scored it was a breakaway that he couldn't do anything about. Our guys are playing good back there and we need to carry that on in the playoffs."
The win also kept the Wildcats in first place in District 13-4A with a 12-0-0-1 record and 37 points. They are two points ahead of Mount Pleasant for the district title. Paris wrapped up third place in the standings with its 2-1 victory over Liberty-Eylau coupled with Pleasant Grove's 1-0 loss to Texas High.
With one regular season game left, Holt said the Wildcats' main goal for Monday is to win the game and become district champions.
"It was a tough game against Paris the first time, and I expect them to be ready because they are battling for a playoff spot and we are going to try and take care of business and win a district championship because we have got to win that game," Holt said. "I expect them to have some intensity and obviously looking for their defensive trap on Monday."