SSHS girls play a man down for 60 minutes against Mount Pleasant

From Staff Reports

Feb. 12, 2008 - MOUNT PLEASANT - Red was the dominant color when the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats met the Mount Pleasant Lady Tigers Monday at Sam Parker Field.

That's because just 20 minutes into the soccer match, an SSHS player was given a hard red card, meaning irreplaceable ejection. So, the Lady Cats had to play short-handed for the final 60 minutes of a 3-2 loss to Mount Pleasant.

The Lady Tigers had just tied the score at 1-1 on a penalty kick when the Sulphur Springs player was ejected, said SSHS head coach Martin Bryant.

"We kind of went into a shock mode and before we could recover, Mount Pleasant scored two more goals and put us in a hole," Bryant said. "We came back a man down, playing with 10, and scored a goal.

"We really outplayed them the second half, I thought, with a man down."

The Lady Cats took a 1-0 lead when D'Kota Hutchings scored on a through ball that she was able to run onto and put into the net. It was the third goal for Hutchings in two games since she was moved to forward.

However, after the ejection, Bryant was forced to move Hutchings back to sweeper to help protect the SSHS goal.

"Basically, they were on a 60-minute power play, and there's nothing you can do about it," he explained. "The only thing you can do to stay tight in the back is to move a forward back there, and that takes away from your scoring chances. At some point, you've got to decide to go ahead and start pushing up to get something going, then you put yourself at risk in the back."

Down 3-1 at halftime, the Lady Cats pulled to within a goal when Jentri Broumley followed up a Brittany Lamphere set kick with a rebound shot. It was Broumley's first goal of the season.

The Lady Cats fell to 0-3 in District 16-4A (1-10-1 overall), while Mount Pleasant improved to 3-0.

"I've never been around a group that works this hard but can't win," Bryant said. "Everybody's frustrated because the kids are playing hard. It's hard to explain to them that their time will come, but it will."

Sulphur Springs travels to Texarkana on Saturday to take on Texas High. Matches will start at 11 a.m. for JV and 1 p.m. for varsity.

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