Century Mark: Soccer Cats give Holt 100th coaching victory

From Staff Reports

Feb. 19, 2008 - TEXARKANA - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats gave head soccer coach Andy Holt his 100th career victory on Monday, and they did it in dominating fashion, taking an 8-0 victory over the Liberty-Eylau Leopards at Harris Field.

Eight different Wildcats scored goals and six different players had assists as Sulphur Springs improved its District 16-4A record to 6-1 with 18 points. L-E remains winless (0-7).

Holt said his starters played about 30 of the match's 80 minutes as the Wildcats took a 5-0 lead just 20 minutes into the contest.

"Our starters played about the first 20 minutes of the game, and the score was 5-0 at that point," Holt explained. "And then, the reserves came in and did a good job.

"In the second half, the starters played about 10 minutes. The reserves got a lot of playing time and did well. They didn't have a shot in the second half. My keeper didn't even touch the ball in the second half."

Holt switched starting keeper Mario Arellano into a midfield position in the second half and he responded with a goal and two assists. Arellano, a midfielder as a freshman and sophomore, "knows what to do with the ball," Holt said.

Others scoring goals were Cruz Lozano, Oscar Marroquin, Tate Ramirez, Omar Ortiz, Jesus Arellano, J.D. Cruz and Victor Medina. Assists went to Ramirez, Ortiz, Lozano, Jesus Arellano and two each to Marroquin and Mario Arellano.

"Before the game, I told them to take care of business and enjoy it after the game," Holt explained. "We had multiple scorers, and that's good. We talked before the game about being unselfish and sharing the ball. I thought we did a good job of that. We had a lot of guys working the ball around and getting some assists."

The match wrapped up the first half of the district schedule. The Wildcats start the second half on Saturday when they play Paris at Noyse Stadium. Paris is currently in third place with a 4-3 record and 12 points. Sulphur Springs beat Paris 1-0 in their first meeting.

The Wildcats need to win to stay within striking distance of Mount Pleasant, who finished the first half of the schedule with a 7-0 record and 21 points.

"Maybe this will get us going offensively. We've been playing well on offense, but maybe we can put a few more in and not make the games so tight," Holt said.

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