SSHS girls chalk up first win of young season

From Staff Reports

Jan. 22, 2008 - RICHARDSON - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats ended the Richardson Berkner Ice Bowl soccer tournament on a high note and have head coach Martin Bryant convinced they are improving.

The Lady Cats fell to South Grand Prairie 4-1 on Thursday, lost to Carrollton Newman Smith 1-0 on Friday, then picked up their first win of the year, 2-0 over Garland Lakeview Centennial on Saturday.

"We're starting to play better defensively and starting to put things together," said Bryant. "The main thing I've seen is that early in the year, we were just kind of kicking the ball around - wherever it went, it went. Now, we're starting to play the ball in the general direction of another teammate. Sooner or later, we're going to get where we can string some passes together and we play the ball through to teammates.

"We're getting better."

The Lady Cats (1-5),who have played Class 5A teams in all six games so far, will take on another one tonight when they travel to Tyler to play John Tyler. The JV match is at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity starting at 7 p.m.

They will be looking to put together their first win streak of the season after dominating Lakeview Centennial.

"We played our best game so far on Saturday," Bryant said. "We won 2-0, but it could have been quite a bit more if we had finished our chances.

"I think we gave up one shot, so we played good defensively as well."

Both goals came from sophomore forward Karlie Junot.

On Friday, the Lady Cats held Newman Smith to one goal on four shots, but couldn't get anything going offensively.

In the tournament opener on Thursday, junior striker Bonnie Grafton gave the Lady Cats a 1-0 halftime lead, but South Grand Prairie shut them out in the second half while scoring four goals.

"We came out after halftime kind of flat," Bryant said. "We're not really used to playing with a lead, I guess, and gave up four goals."

He said junior Brittany Lamphere was "probably the most consistent" player for the Lady Cats, while also praising the play of D'Kota Hutchings, Amanda Stoutenberg, Junot and Grafton.

"Our young players are starting to figure things out," he said. "We have a good mix of young players and veterans. We just have to find our stride."

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