Soccer Cats overcome deficit to tie Longview

From Longview News-Journal

Jan. 18, 2008 - LONGVIEW - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats twice trailed against Longview on Thursday, but tied the score each time and finished deadlocked 2-2 in the opener of the Lobo Invitational.

A 2-1 Longview lead that lasted for over 23 second-half minutes ended with 6:40 left in the game. Sulphur Springs' Omar Ortiz connected from 30 yards out as he turned into a difficult left-to-right shot that went top-left shelf to knot the score.

Marty Hobbs and Carlos Vallejo provided the Lobos' two goals. Longview led 1-0 at halftime, but Zach Junot's goal less than eight minutes into the second half tied the game 1-1.

Junot's shot came from 15 yards and outside the right hash mark before deflecting off a Longview defender and into the net, creating a 1-1 game with 32:13 left in the contest. Vallejo answered less than two and a half minutes later on a 10-yard shot off a rebound to push the Lobos ahead 2-1. Longview maintained the lead for over 23 minutes.

Sulphur Springs missed three opportunities between Vallejo's goal and Ortiz's game-tying goal. Tate Ramirez missed a header from 10 yards with 27:30 left before Victor Gonzalez barely missed wide right from eight yards shooting left to right with Longview goalkeeper Chase Reed charging at him. Reed saved a 30-yard Sulphur Springs attempt less than five minutes before Ortiz's equalizer.

Each team got one opportunity to break the tie in the final 3:05. Ramirez missed wide right from 27 yards out shooting left to right, and with 1:30 remaining Vallejo fired a rocket left to right from 30 yards that was stopped by Wildcat goalkeeper Mario Arellano.

The Wildcats (1-2-2) will take on Tyler John Tyler at 4 p.m. today in the tournament's second round.

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