Wildcats soccer stay within striking distance of playoffs

From Staff Reports

Feb. 26, 2007 - The Wildcats took care of business on Saturday against Liberty-Eylau. Now, they need to do the same against Paris tomorrow night.

Sulphur Springs won its fourth straight soccer game in District 16-4A on Saturday by beating Liberty-Eylau 4-0, keeping the Wildcats within striking distance of one of the three playoff spots.

Sulphur Springs (4-2-0-1, 13 points), fourth in the district standings will host second-place Paris (5-1-1-0, 17 points) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. A win over Paris and Pleasant Grove (16 points) will put the Wildcats firmly in one of the top three places.

"The next two games are big. We've got Paris here, then we go to Pleasant Grove," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "We've got to win them to keep things in our hands. If we can win these next two games, we'll be in control and figure out if we can get second place or not.

"We've got to take care of business now and get into the playoffs. That's what we're shooting for now - taking care of business and getting into the playoffs."

Against Liberty-Eylau, the Wildcats got a two-goal, one-assist game from Cole Lancaster and one goal each from Rolando Larios and Mario Arellano. Oscar Marroquin and Luis Martinez also had assists.

Defensively, stopper Omar Ortiz and fullbacks Jon Holt and Chad Rocker were instrumental in the shutout.

It was the fifth straight shutout in regulation for the Wildcats, who have not allowed a regulation goal since Feb. 2 against Pleasant Grove.

"We were trying to get a 'W,' and that's what we did. Once again, we were able to keep a team from scoring, and I'm proud of that," Holt said. "Offensively, we're continuing to just miss on some opportunities, and we need to find the back of the net starting tomorrow against Paris."

In the first match-up, Paris beat SSHS 2-1, one of only two district teams to score regulation goals scored against the Wildcats.

"We've changed quite a few things since the first time we played them," Holt said. "We've been watching film on them, and I think we're ready for them. "

GIRLS

The SSHS girls are in a first-place showdown with Paris tonight at Prim Stadium.

Sulphur Springs leads the district with a 4-0-0-1 record and 13 points, while Paris is 4-1-0-0 with 12 points. The winner of tonight's game will lead the district, while the loser could drop into third because North Lamar is lurking just one point behind Paris.

Paris is the only district team scoring more goals than SSHS. Paris is averaging 5.2 points per game, while SSHS is at 4.4. Both teams are plus-3 in scoring differential.

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