|Wildcats soccer defeats Lindale in final preseason contest|
|From Staff Reports|
Jan. 29, 2007 - LINDALE - Sulphur Springs' short soccer preseason ended with a victory on Friday. The Wildcats want the trend to continue Tuesday with the District 16-4A opener.
The Wildcats wrapped up their non-district schedule with a 2-1 victory against Lindale that evened their record at 3-3. On Tuesday, they face Paris in the district debut.
The Wildcats got a goal apiece from Oscar Marroquin and Cole Lancaster in the second half of Friday's match to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.
Both goals came on throw-ins from Graham Northcutt. Tate Ramirez had a flick to Marroquin for the first goal.
"It's good for us that we are able to take advantage of those set pieces, but we need to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net in the flow of the game," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "The first half, we didn't play as well as we did in the second half. Still though, the first half was played OK.
"We did a pretty good job the whole game of possessing and knocking it around. I thought we possessed the ball most of the game."
The Wildcats had a couple of one-on-one scoring chances as Rolando Larios, playing in his first game, sent the ball ahead to Marroquin and Ramirez. But, neither Wildcat forward could get the ball past the Lindale keeper.
"We came in at halftime and made a few adjustments and talked about what we needed to get done, which was really just to put the ball in the back of the net," Holt explained. "We has some chances and just didn't finish."
He emphasized the importance of finishing as the Wildcats travel to Noyes Stadium on Tuesday to take on Paris. The Wildcats then face Texarkana Pleasant Grove on Friday, then travel to Mount Pleasant to face their arch rivals a week from today.
"I think we've got the three toughest games right off the bat," Holt said. "Mount Pleasant looks as good as they've ever been, and Paris and Pleasant Grove will be in the playoff hunt.
"It's going to be key that we start off district well. We should be playing pretty good right now because we've been seeing some teams in tournaments that are going to be playoff teams."
The Lady Cats, meanwhile, will be traveling to Rowlett Stadium tomorrow to take on Garland Lakeview Centennial. Sulphur Springs (3-3-1) faced Lakeview twice in the Richardson tournament and emerged with a 1-0-1 record.
The Lady Cats will play Como-Pickton on Friday and then open District 16-4A on Feb. 6 against Paris.