Bad Start: SS girls shutout by defending district champs

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Feb. 8, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs girls opened up their district soccer season in a way coach Martin Bryant did not want to see during a 5-0 shutout loss Thursday night at Gerald Prim Stadium.

The Lady Cats gave up a hat trick to Paris' Brooke Taylor and two goals to Ali Ryan.

Sulphur Springs (1-8-1, 0-1-0-0) will return to the Prim Stadium pitch tonight against the North Lamar Pantherettes with a double-header as the junior varsity starts the action at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7 p.m.

Due to a power outage to Prim Stadium on Tuesday night from the storms that made their way through Hopkins County, the two teams had to reschedule their district opener and played a rare Thursday night game.

For the first 13 minutes of the first half, both teams seemed to be feeling each other out before Taylor scored her first goal on a floater over the head of sophomore goalkeeper Macy Hurley. On the shot, Hurley tried to get back to get the shot but the ball went over her head and into the back of the goal for the early 1-0 lead.

The Lady Cats had chances to score throughout the first half as they had four shots inside the 18-yard box but were unable to get one past Paris keeper Polly Henderson.

On their first attempt, junior midfielder Bonnie Grafton dribbled her way down the left side of the field and blasted a shot from about 5 yards out as Henderson made a diving play on the ball to preserve the shutout.

Sophomore forward Karlie Junot had a chance for two goals within a one-minute span in the first half as sophomore Kelsey Cullins blasted a shot that put Henderson out of play. On the recovery attempt by Junot, Henderson got back just in time to make the save.

Junot had another chance to tie the game at the 17-minute mark of the first half inside the box but Henderson was online for the save to keep the game at 1-0.

After four straight breakaway chances by senior Ana Sanchez, her best opportunity came with 9:40 remaining in the first half, but the kick went straight to Henderson, who finished with 10 saves.

Paris scored its second goal of the game as Ryan sent a nice cross past the diving arms of Hurley from the right side of the goal at the 3:08 mark of the first half.

In the second half, Ryan and Taylor scored the final three goals within a 14-minute stretch for the 5-0 win.

Ryan scored her second goal on a breakaway attempt from the right corner, and then Taylor redirected a miss at the 15:40 mark of the second half. Taylor then recorded her hat trick on a breakaway shot with 14:32 remaining in the game.

In junior varsity action, the Lady Cats tied Paris 2-2 on two goals by Kaci Crowson and one assist coming from Diana Torres in the first half.

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