Soccer girls claim first district victory

From Staff Reports

Feb. 20, 2008 - TEXARKANA - Sparked by the midfield play of Brittany Lamphere and the offensive surge of Bonnie Grafton and Karlie Junot, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats broke into the win column in District 16-4A soccer on Tuesday.

Grafton scored two goals and assisted on five others and Junot put four goals into the net as the Lady Cats beat Texas High 7-3 at Grimm Stadium.

Lamphere, who went out of the game with an injury just 16 seconds after kickoff, returned about 20 minutes later and helped solidify the midfield, said SSHS head coach Martin Bryant.

"In that time, we had to move about three people around to make that spot sound, which tells you what kind of player she is for us," Bryant said. "We made a couple of mistakes and give up goals and we got down 2-0.

"After they scored that second goal, Bonnie Grafton turned it on from that point on and had the best game she's had all season. She was really the spark that got us going, then Brittany came back in and started controlling balls in the middle. Once we tied it up, we started dominating the game."

The Lady Cats went into halftime tied at 2-2 after Grafton scored twice about six minutes apart on assists from Jentri Broumley and Junot.

Junot then scored three straight goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, then added a fourth goal with six minutes to play, followed by a shot from Ana Sanchez with five minutes left.

"It was the first time in a long time we went in at halftime and were not behind," Bryant said. "It was almost like a sigh of relief, and once we got ahead, we loosened up. Once we loosened up, we started playing better. It was good for us, as hard as we've been working, for our kids to win."

The Lady Cats also put themselves back in the running for a playoff spot. They are now 1-3 in district with three points. They are still six points behind Paris and Mount Pleasant for third, but MP plays unbeaten North Lamar on Friday, while SSHS takes on winless Pleasant Grove. A Sulphur Springs win and a Mount Pleasant loss will leave SSHS just three points out of third.

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