Lady Cats' win first soccer match of season
From Staff Reports

Jan. 17, 2007 - ATHENS - The site of the soccer match changed on Tuesday, but the result was to the liking of the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats.

The Lady Cats' match against Athens, originally scheduled for Gerald Prim Stadium, was moved to the Lady Hornets' home field, but Sulphur Springs prevailed 3-2 to notch the season's first win.

It was a sister act for the Lady Cats (1-2) as senior Robin Grafton scored one goal and sophomore Bonnie Grafton put in the other two scores, including the game-winner with a little more than seven minutes remaining in the contest.

Senior Gayle Grand-Lienard assisted on all three goals.

It was the first win for first-year coach Martin Bryant.

"It's always good to win, especially to get a win after two tough games in the (Southlake) tournament last week," he said. "I thought we could have played better. Obviously, it's still early in the year and we're going to make some mistakes.

"But, we played well, and we're getting better. I see improvement from us every game. As long as we keep getting better and play together, we'll be fine."

In the second half, Bryant moved 5-8 Robin Grafton to midfield and put 5-0 Karlie Junot at forward to get more height in the middle.

"I think that helped us," Bryant explained. "Robin, with her height, is able to win more 50/50 balls and gives us a better advantage to have height in the middle.

SSHS goalkeeper Kai'la Petty turned away 13 of Athens' shots on goal, while the Lady Cats took 12 themselves.

Defensively, SSHS got solid games from outside defender Brittany Lamphere and middle defender D'Kota Hutchings.

"Brittany Lamphere played awesome. She's getting good at clearing the ball and she's taking more of our goal kicks," Bryant said. "D'Kota Hutchings in the middle played well. They're both getting better every game."

The Lady Cats are scheduled to play in the Richardson Berkner Ice Bowl this weekend with games against Dallas Pinkston on Thursday, Garland Lakeview Centennial on Friday and North Garland on Saturday.

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