Road Rules: Lady Cats win third straight away from home

From Staff Reports

Feb. 26, 2008 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats ran their win streak to three games - all on the road - as they pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory over Paris on Monday.

SSHS sophomore goal keeper Macy Hurley stopped five of six shootout attempts by Paris, while Amanda Stoutenberg and Ana Sanchez each scored in the extra session. Kelsey Cullins scored the first goal just six minutes into match.

"I wasn't sure about the line-up I wanted to use until right before the game," said SSHS head coach Martin Bryant, "and I ended up putting Kelsey Cullins at the outside mid spot, and six minutes into the game she follows up on a shot, running back post and buries one."

Paris tied the score at 1-1 12 minutes into the second half on a penalty kick after a Lady Cat was whistled for a hand ball.

Sulphur Springs played into a strong north wind the second half, but were able to control the pace of the game, Bryant said.

"It was a good game. Like I've been telling my girls all year, as long as we keep fighting and keep playing hard, good things will happen," he said. "It was a lot cleaner game than the first time we played them. We really just played soccer both sides, and I've always felt that when we really just play soccer the way it's supposed to be played, that's usually to our advantage. It was last night."

He also praised the play of Hurley, who made 11 saves and allowed just one shootout goal in six attempts.

"Macy did a great job on her end of it. She did a good job of mixing it up," he said. "One thing about being a keeper is that you can't do the same thing every time. She did a good job of mixing it up and giving them different looks so they didn't know what to expect from her."

The Lady Cats ran their record to 2-3-1-0 in District 16-4A, having beaten Texas High, Pleasant Grove and Paris in in the last week. Sulphur Springs remained in fourth place in the district with eight points, but the two points earned on Monday could be critical as they try to catch Paris or Mount Pleasant, which are tied for second with 12 points.

The Lady Cats have another road game on Saturday when they are scheduled to play North Lamar. The JV match is set for 11 a.m., with the varsity to play at 1 p.m.

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