Soccer Cats set up showdown for first
SSHS beats PG on Tuesday; district-leading Tigers up next
From Staff Reports
Feb. 27, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats set up a showdown for the district soccer lead on Friday when they whipped Texarkana Pleasant Grove 4-1 on Tuesday at Gerald Prim Stadium.
The Wildcats (8-1 in District 16-4A) will travel to Mount Pleasant on Friday to take on the district-leading Tigers. Mount Pleasant (8-0 pending Tuesday's result against Paris) handed the Wildcats their only setback, 3-2, in their first meeting.
Since then, the Wildcats have won five straight matches, scoring 26 goals in that period.
"We've kind of got it rolling," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt. "Our team chemistry is coming along. Our team chemistry has gotten better each week, and our overall play has gotten better as well. That's what you hope for when you go into big games like Friday night."
The Wildcats had it rolling on Tuesday at Gerald Prim Stadium, when they took a 2-0 halftime advantage and parlayed it into a three-goal victory.
"The guys played well really from the beginning," Holt said. "They really just didn't ease up off the gas. They finished when we had chances."
Junior Zach Junot assisted Oscar Marroquin on the team's first goal, then Junot put in both scores in the second half. Senior Tate Ramirez has the Wildcats' other goal when he one-timed a shot that had gotten away from the Pleasant Grove keeper.
Holt said the outside midfielders, which includes Junot, Leo Becerra and Jesus Arellano were the key to the game. Rodrigo Larios and Victor Medina also played well in the back, he said.
"Our outside mids played a lot better last night," Holt said. "Those guys need to play well against Mount Pleasant, because their outside mids played really well against us the first time.
"Hopefully the way they played will carry on Friday night when we play Mount Pleasant."
Friday's varsity game is scheduled to kickoff at 7:15 p.m., with the JV game to start at 5:30 p.m. at Sam Parker Field.