Wildcats soccer record big win over Paris
By JIMMY ROGERS | News-Telegram Correspondent
Feb. 28, 2007 - Two goals in the first half and four more in the first 12 minutes of the second secured a 6-1 win for Wildcat soccer as they defeated Paris Tuesday night on the Prim Stadium pitch.
The Cat win was ample revenge for the season opening 2-1 loss to Paris.
�Our guys played very well. It was probably one of the best games we played all year,� stated a jubilant SSHS head coach Andy Holt. Holt attributed the win to having �everybody here. That was a big plus for our team. We have had so many situations come up, injuries, illnesses, a number of things, but we had everybody here and it clicked tonight.�
The Wildcats earned three points for the win, but remained in fourth place in District 16-4A with 16 points - one points behind Paris. Pleasant Grove (19 points) moved into second place, and that is who the Wildcats face on Friday. A regulation win, coupled with a Mount Pleasant victory over Paris, would put the Wildcats into a tie for second.
�Tonight's great," Holt said, "but we've got a bigger one Friday night.�
Sulphur Springs' six goals were a season high, but the game started out with a defensive focus.
SSHS goal keeper Mario Arellano's first save of the night came in the first minute of play when Paris' Sam Temple tried one at the top of the 6-yard box in front of the goal. Three minutes later, Arellano again kept the Cats motivated with a save. Paris did manage one in the net with four minutes off the clock but that was waved off with a handball charge against the visitors.
Those early shots for Paris seemed to motivate the Sulphur Springs offensive unit but Paris' offside trap stopped several midfield sets. Three opportunities for goals were unsuccessful. The first came with 27:02 showing on the first half clock when a throw-in from the right corner was cleared out by a Paris defender who brought the ball down with what many thought a handball but was not called. Chad Rocker put one just over the crossbar a minute and five seconds later. A Paris foul set up a direct kick just outside the 18-yard box, but the Paris goalie made the save.
Cat senior Wilfred Castillo came off the bench midway through the first half and quickly finished the first goal of the night.
Zach Junot tried to follow two minutes later but his shot from the right side to the far post just missed and no one was available at the post to finish.
Defenseman Graham Northcutt dominated much of the final seven minutes of the first half. Three throw-ins to the 18-yard box were eventually cleared out by Paris. With less than a minute to play in the half, Northcutt tackled the ball on the Cat offensive side of the field and an accurate send to Rolando Larios resulted in a goal.
Referring to Northcutt, Holt said, “That guy does it all. He throws the long ball for us and does a great job defending. He has about five goals while playing a defensive position. He gets in on set pieces.”
The second half belonged to the locals as the Cats hit 4-of-7 shots attempted in the first 12 minutes.
Holt said, “At halftime, we talked about how to beat the trap by playing the ball earlier. In the first half, we were holding the ball just a touch long and we were getting caught offside. When we started playing it earlier, that's when we got on top of them and put the ball in the back of the net."
The first goal was an offensive set off a near-corner throw-in. Cole Lancaster's header redirected a Northcutt throw-in that purchased the first goal with 1:31 off the clock. It was the second shot on goal for the Cats after the put the ball in play to start the half.
Junot laid one at the feet of Rocker who finished the Cats' fourth goal of the evening. Oscar Marroquin took a pass from midfield and hit goal five with 31:35 showing on the clock. Two minutes later, Rocker sent goal six off the Paris goalie and into the netting as he finished a pass from Jon Holt.
The Cats missed their sixth shutout in a row when Paris' Sam Temple finally drilled one past Arellano, who provided six saves but could not reach the evening's final goal.
�I hate to give up that goal," Holt said. "We have had five shutouts in a row. Our guys in the back have done a great job. Mario has made some great saves for us and those guys are playing smart. The key to defense is playing smart. You don't just put 'boneheads' back there. Those guys know how to play and they are playing smart."
Sulphur Springs: Chad Rocker 2; Cole Lancaster 1; Oscar Marroquin 1; Rolando Larios 1; Wilfred Castillo 1.
Paris: Sam Temple 1.