Wildcats finish third, will take on Greenville

From Staff Reports

Mar. 20, 2007 - TEXARKANA - By the time the Sulphur Springs Wildcats took a 6-0 lead early in the second half against Liberty-Eylau on Monday, they knew they would be in the soccer playoffs.

This morning, they found out who they would play.

The Wildcats will take on the Greenville Lions at 7 p.m. Friday at T.A. "Cotton" Ford Stadium in Greenville in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

The Wildcats, who finished third in District 16-4A after beating L-E by a score of 8-0 in the regular season finale, will be trying to accomplish the same playoff run they had last season when they went to the regional finals.

To do it, they will have to get past a Greenville squad coached by former SSHS standout Casey Osborn. SSHS and Greenville have played twice this year, with Greenville notching 2-0 and 3-2 victories.

"We've played Greenville twice this year," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "We know them, and we're going to watch film of those games. Hopefully we can pick some tendencies that they do and try to exploit them."

The Wildcats appear to be peaking at the right time. They have not lost a game in regulation since opening the district season with an 0-2 record.

Over the last four games, Sulphur Springs (12-4-3) is averaging seven goals and has allowed just one goal against.

"Right now, we're playing very well," Holt said. "We've put a lot of points on the board the last four or five games. Defensively, we're playing pretty well in the back."

On Monday, they whipped L-E, the district's last place team by a score of 8-0. Oscar Marroquin scored three goals and Landon McCaig added two more. Graham Northcutt, Rodrigo Larios and Zach Junot each had one goal.

It took about 10 minutes for the Wildcats to score, but once they did, they put in two more goals before halftime. They then added three more goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

"We had some unselfish play, a lot of guys had assists," Holt said. "We looked good in the second half. The first half, I thought we could have played better, then we came out in the second half and started working the ball in."

Notes: Mount Pleasant won the district with an unbeaten record and will get a first-round bye in the playoffs. Paris, by virtue of its 4-2 win over Pleasant Grove on Monday, finished second in 16-4A and will take on McKinney Boyd in bi-district.

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