Soccer Cats meet MP for district supremacy tonight

SSHS goes 2-0 by beating Pleasant Grove on Friday

From Staff Reports

Feb. 4, 2008 - TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats set up a showdown for soccer supremacy in District 16-4A against Mount Pleasant tonight with a narrow win over Pleasant Grove on Friday.

The Wildcats broke a second-half tie to beat Pleasant Grove 2-1 to stay unbeaten in district (2-0, six points). They will host co-leader Mount Pleasant at 7:15 p.m. today at Gerald Prim Stadium. The JV contest will kickoff at 5:30.

Mount Pleasant beat Paris 4-2 on Friday, and North Lamar stayed tied with SSHS and MP by handing Pittsburg a 2-0 defeat.

The Wildcats got a first-half goal by senior Tate Ramirez and then had Omar Ortiz punch in the game-winner after Pleasant Grove had tied the score about 16 minutes into the second half, said SSHS head coach Andy Holt.

"We scored about 15 minutes in, and when we did, I felt like, 'All right, now we're going to get things rolling.' But, we just never could," Holt said. "We never could finish and put the ball in the back of the net."

After the Hawks tied the game in the second half, Holt said the Wildcats became more focused.

"There was about 24 minutes left in the game at that point, and we started playing with a sense of urgency," he said. "You could tell the difference in the way we played in the last 20 minutes compared to the rest of the game. We started attacking and pressing more."

Ortiz then knocked the game-winner into the side pocket after beating a defender with a dribble.

It was a victory, but not a completely satisfying one for the Wildcats.

"We're happy toe get the win, but we weren't real happy with our performance," Holt said.

The Wildcats will have to play better to beat Mount Pleasant tonight, he explained. The Tigers, last year's district champions, have scored 11 goals in their two district games against Pittsburg and Paris.

"Obviously, their offense is good, so defensively, we've got to be strong," Holt said. "I think that will stem the rest of the play. If we play good solid defense, we'll get offensive opportunities.

"We're going to have to elevate our game back to they way did against Paris and in the preseason tournaments."

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