Wildcats defeat Texas High; remain in fourth place in district play

From Staff Reports

Mar. 12, 2007 - TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats took care of their business on Saturday, but so did the other three soccer teams ahead of them in the district standings.

That means the order the District 16-4A standings didn't change, but that may not be true tomorrow night.

The Wildcats beat Texas High 5-1 on Saturday, giving them a 6-2-1-2 record and 22 points. They remained one point behind Paris in third and four points behind Pleasant Grove in second. Mount Pleasant leads the district with 31 points.

However, MP and Pleasant Grove play on Tuesday. If Mount Pleasant, which has not lost a district game this season, beats the Hawks in regulation and Sulphur Springs beats Pittsburg, then SSHS will only one point out of second place.

With Pleasant Grove and Paris playing the final game of the season, the Wildcats just need to win out to finish no worse than tied for third.

"Pleasant Grove vs. Mount Pleasant is a big game for us," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "We need Mount Pleasant to beat them. It's hard to sit here and root for Mount Pleasant, but that's what we're going to be doing. At the same time, we have to worry about what's going on here in Sulphur Springs."

The Wildcats host Pittsburg at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Gerald Prim Stadium. In the first go-round, SSHS beat Pittsburg 2-0 in a tightly-played match.

If they play as well as they did against Texas High on Saturday, they should take a step closer toward a playoff berth.

"Our guys came out and played very well in the first half," Holt said. "We came out in the first 20 minutes and put two goals on the board, and it was 4-1 at halftime."

He said senior forward Cole Lancaster, who had a pair of goals, and senior backer Graham Northcutt both had solid games.

"Cole had two goals, and had a really nice shot from about 25 yards out for our second goal," Holt explained. "Graham Northcutt did a lot on the right side, getting up and down the line and sent some balls in for us.

"It was a good game for us. We played well, which is good to see."

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