Wildcats drop warm-up game to Frisco, 2-0
From Staff Reports

March 24, 2006 - FRISCO - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats couldn't capitalize with a goal despite playing a strong first half Thursday. Frisco took advantage of that in the second half.

Frisco scored twice in the final 40 minutes to defeat Sulphur Springs, 2-0, in a playoff warm-up game between district champions.

The Wildcats, who will play the winner between Nacogdoches and Whitehouse next Tuesday in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs, were shut out for only the third time in 26 contests.

Frisco's goal keeper, a University of Maryland signee, was backed up by a strong defensive unit, said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. Still, the Wildcats had opportunities to score, including a first-half penalty kick.

"We didn't look very good for the first 10 minutes. After that, we started playing good soccer and looked good the last 25 minutes of the first half," Holt said. "I thought we dominated the first half, actually.

"We got a penalty kick in the first half, and we missed it. Those are the goals we have to make in the playoffs - we have to put those away."

He said Blake Holly and Rolando Larios played well in the middle for the Wildcats, and Wilfredo Larios and Spenser Daniel were strong in the back.

The Wildcats (22-4) looked fatigued in the second half, Holt said, and it may have been because the 6 p.m. start time was pushed back an hour because officials were late. The Wildcats warmed up in the very cold, windy weather, then weren't able to play until an hour later.

"In the second half, we didn't play real well. We may have been a little fatigued, a little tired," he said. "They got a penalty kick in the second half and scored it, then they scored again a few minutes later from us just not being ready."

After outscoring their district competition, 81-11, in 14 games, Holt said the Wildcats needed to play competition the quality of the Raccoons (14-2-3).

"I'm glad we got to play them because they're good defensively, and we haven't got to see that a whole lot this year," he explained. "The reason you play a warm-up game is to get valuable experience and play someone good. I thought we played a good team and played well in spots. We've just got to put it together for 80 minutes, and we'll have a good chance of winning."

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