Second-hal letdown dooms Soccer Cats against JT

From Staff Reports

Jan. 23, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats played 45 solid minutes of soccer on Tuesday, but let the last 35 minutes against John Tyler overshadow it.

John Tyler prevailed 2-0 over the Wildcats by scoring twice in the second half at Gerald Prim Stadium. It was a reversal of the score by which SSHS beat John Tyler last weekend in the Lobo Invitational tournament in Longview.

"They started getting in behind us like they did in the tournament," said SSHS head coach Andy Holt, "but this time, they finished their shots. The first half, we played well. We played pretty good the first five minutes of the second half, and then things went sour."

He said both teams had chances to score in the first half, but SSHS goalie Mario Arellano made one excellent save to keep the game scoreless. Offensively for SSHS, senior Tate Ramirez hit a shot on goal, but the ball hit the top bar and deflected back into play and the Wildcats couldn't make a play on it.

In the second half, though, things were not so promising.

"We made some poor decisions in the back, and that will end up costing you," Holt said. "I feel like we're very close to being right there, and last night proved it, but we just didn't put 80 minutes together. That's what we talked about at halftime - putting 80 minutes together - but we just weren't able to do it."

The Wildcats (2-3-4) will take a mix of varsity and JV players to a tournament in Paris this weekend before opening District 16-4A on Tuesday at home against Paris. The Wildcats will play North Lamar at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

"We can take some good things from last night, but take some bad things and learn our lessons," Holt said. "Hopefully, we'll be ready for district next Tuesday."

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