Lady Cat soccer defeats Garland Lakeview Centennial
From Staff Reports
Jan. 31, 2007 - ROWLETT - The Lady Cat soccer team didn't allow the distraction of having two starters out with injuries deter it Tuesday night.
Getting one goal each from Gayle Grand-Lienard, Robin Grafton and Bonnie Grafton, the Lady Cats came from behind to notch a 3-1 victory over Garland Lakeview Centennial at Rowlett Stadium.
The win improved the Lady Cats' record to 4-4-1 with their final pre-district match Friday against Como-Pickton at Ron Heflin Stadium. Sulphur Springs opens District 16-4A on Tuesday against Paris.
This was the third match-up between SSHS and Lakeview Centennial after the met twice in the Richardson tournament. The Lady Cats won two and tied one against the Patriots.
Lakeview Centennial opened the scoring about 15 minutes into the contest, but Sulphur Springs answered back with Bonnie Grafton's goal 10 minutes later to tie the score at 1-1.
Just three minutes into the second half Grand-Lienard knocked in her 11th goal of the season, and Robin Grafton added the final score with about eight minutes left.
"It was a good night for us," said SSHS head coach Martin Bryant. "We played a whole lot better than we had in the previous game. Of course, it was cold and the field wasn't in good shape, but I thought we played well."
The Lady Cats were without two starters, Karlie Junot and Devyn Cullins, and a key reserve, Shelbi Elkin, but Bryant said Ana Sanchez and Chelsea English played well in their places.
Defensively, he again praised the play of D'Kota Hutchings, Brittany Lamphere and Erica Verner.
"The defense played well. We made one mistake really in the back and that cost us a goal, but besides that, they had a solid game," Bryant said. "I think they keep getting better every time we go out. I keep saying that, but it keeps happening so I'm happy with that."
Goal keeper Kai'la Petty had four saves.