Ramirez's four goals lift Wildcats over Paris

From Staff Reports

Feb. 25, 2008 - PARIS - SSHS senior Tate Ramirez knocked in four goals on Saturday, and the Soccer Cats threw a shutout for 70 minutes as they beat Paris 4-2 at Noyes Stadium.

Ramirez, a midfielder, used two assists from Oscar Marroquin and another from Leo Becerra to help score the goals.

With the win, the Wildcats (7-1 in District 16-4A) are now three full games ahead of Paris (4-4) for second place. Sulphur Springs continues to trail Mount Pleasant (8-0) by one game. The top two teams meet on Friday in Mount Pleasant.

That's why sweeping Paris, which finished as district runner-up last season, was so vital, said SSHS head coach Andy Holt.

"Beating Paris twice is key because that's a team that is fighting for that third spot, and they got second last year," he explained. "They're definitely a team that is good to beat.

"We've got a comfortable lead between second and third place, which is nice for us. The main thing is that we're still right there behind Mount Pleasant. This week will definitely help determine whether we're there or not."

The Wildcats played well against Paris, controlling the ball and the game.

"Defensively, we played real well. I know the score says 4-2, but it was 3-0 at halftime and we made 4-0 in the second half before Paris scored two goals in the final 10 minutes," Holt said. "The guys played good defensively. Victor Medina and Rodrigo Larios did a good job of marking their guys and shutting down their opportunities, and Tate did a good job of finishing."

The Wildcats will host Pleasant Grove (2-4-1-1), which is tied for sixth, but only three points out of third place, at Gerald Prim Stadium tomorrow. The JV game will kick off at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity to begin at about 7:15 p.m.

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