Mount Pleasant edges SS girls to claim playoff spot

From Staff Reports

March 4, 2008 - MOUNT PLEASANT - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats have two more soccer games left in the season, because Monday's frigid match against Mount Pleasant assured them there won't be more than that.

The Lady Cats had to beat Mount Pleasant on Monday to keep their playoff hopes alive, but the Lady Tigers prevailed, 3-1, on a misting, cold night at Sam Parker Field.

That wrapped up a playoff spot for Mount Pleasant (5-2-0-1).

"The weather was just miserable," said SSHS head coach Martin Bryant. "It wasn't a real fun night to play on, but it was a game we needed to get in and we needed to win.

"Early in the game, the weather may have affected us, and we didn't play real well."

Sulphur Springs was also hurt by the loss of junior midfielder Bonnie Grafton, who hurt her back when she fell on the ball about 15 minutes in.

The Lady Tigers went up 2-0 after that before SSHS junior Brittany Lamphere pulled Sulphur Springs closer with a 35-yard set shot that sailed over the keeper's head into the net with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

"At halftime, I thought we were getting ready to make that run because we had scored the last goal and the wind was behind us," Bryant said. "But, with Bonnie out, we just didn't get those good chances we needed to get. We got a few opportunities, but nothing really, really dangerous for us. We couldn't put enough pressure on them."

The District 16-4A standings aren't yet set, but North Lamar (6-0-0-1) and Mount Pleasant have clinched playoff berths, while Paris (5-1-0-1) needs either one win or a Texas High loss to clinch the third spot.

Sulphur Springs (2-5-1-0) finishes out the season on Friday with a home game against Texas High, and then the season finale Monday at home against Pleasant Grove.

"Even though we can't make the playoffs, we've got to finish what we started," Bryant said. "We've got to play these last two games just like we are fighting to get in, because more than anything, the seniors on the team deserve that."

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