Wildcats shut out North Lamar

From Staff Reports

Feb. 19, 2007 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats won their third straight soccer match on Friday to pull up to fourth place in the eight-team District 16-4A.

The Wildcats shut out North Lamar 2-0, and in the process notched their fourth consecutive shutout in regulation.

Sulphur Springs (3-2-0-1 in district) has 10 points, while Mount Pleasant leads the district with 17 points, followed by Pleasant Grove and Paris with 15.

The Wildcats face last-place Liberty-Eylau on Saturday, while Pleasant Grove and Paris face each other. Sulphur Springs then plays those two teams next week with a chance to put themselves into one of the top three places.

Defensively, the Wildcats are playing well, said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. SSHS has allowed a total of four regulation goals in six district games.

"We played really well in the back<' Holt said. "We moved Jon Holt to left fullback, and he did a very good job back there for us. The guys in the back were solid and strong, and I thought we played well defensively."

Offensively, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty kick by Rolando Larios after his brother, Rodrigo Larios, was fouled inside the 18-yard box.

Then, with about eight minutes left in the second half, Oscar Marroquin took a pass from Omar Ortiz and rifled in an insurance goal.

The Wildcats took 11 shots on goal, with Marroquin having a team-high four shots.

"We had some scoring opportunities, but once again we hit the post and had a couple of balls just cleared off the line again," Holt said. "We've got to find a way to put those in to make us feel a little more comfortable."

Defensively, goal keeper Mario Arellano had three saves, including one in the final seconds to preserve the shutout.

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