Lady Cats score late sweep of Texas High, 1-0
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
March 10, 2008 - In the rematch between the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats and the Texas High Lady Tigers, SS head coach Martin Bryant saw a different score from the first meeting, but was still impressed with the win.
In their first meeting, the Lady Cats won 7-3 over Texas High in Texarkana, and this time the Lady Cats pulled out a 1-0 win at Gerald Prim Stadium Saturday afternoon.
�We are missing some players here and there and had to move some players in from the junior varsity to fill some spots today,� Bryant said. �It was a good solid win for us and I thought we played much better in the second half than we did in the first. We made some adjustments at the half, and we talked about working the ball and moving in and I thought that paid off for us.�
Freshman Syndi Nguyen scored the lone goal of the game for the Lady Cats as she was recovered a shot by sophomore Karlie Junot and blasted the ball into the back of the net with 8:13 remaining in the second half.
Sophomore Kaci Crowson started the action with a nice pass to Junot, whose shot came off of the Texas High goalie who could not come up with the save cleanly before Nguyen’s shot.
�During halftime, we talked about if the ball comes to the left side or to the right side the outside mid has to push up and become like a third forward,� Bryant explained of the play. �That is something that we did not do very well at in the first half and that is why we talked about it at the half. "Kaci made a good pass and Karlie had a good shot, and Syndi pushed up and was right where she need to be and scored the goal.�
During the first 40 minutes of play, both teams played a defensive battle as they headed into the locker room in a 0-0 tie. Three minutes into the game Texas High had a chance to get on the scoreboard with a breakaway attempt by Kaitlynn Cox, but SS goalie Macy Hurley made the save to keep the game tied.
The Lady Cats had a couple of chances of their own in the first half to get on the scoreboard, but Chelsea English and Brittany Lamphere had shots go wide of the goal during an 11-minute stretch.
Bryant said the defense made sure they were defending Texas High’s Amanda Bonds throughout the game because of her scoring ability and praised the play of Jentri Broumley, Daci West and Crysel Garcia on the back line.
�I thought in the first half we gave them a couple of chances because we were out of position,� Bryant said. �In the second half, I thought we played much tighter and quite a bit better. Jentri Broumley for some reason has got Texas High�s number and if we were to play them 10 times this season she would be the stud. She is always in the right spot and steps up and she played really well. Also, Daci and Crysel combined on the left side and played well for us.�
In the second half, Junot had a breakaway chance of her own for a goal from 18-yards out but T-High goalie Shae Doolin was in the right place to make the save.
With 1:35 remaining in the game, Texas High put on a strong attack in the Lady Cats' end of the field as players were surrounding Hurley, who came off her line to make a save on T-High’s first attempt. While Hurley was on the ground, a Texas High player went for the ball and kicked Hurley in the head as one of the Sulphur Springs players came in to help protect Hurley, both players were issued red cards for the play and will have to sit out their final game of the season.
The Lady Cats wrap up the season tonight against the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks for Senior Night. The game will start at 6 p.m. as eight seniors will play their final game at Prim Stadium. Those players are Nellie Aguilar, D’Kota Hutchings, Chelsea English, Leticia Diaz, Crysel Garcia, Ana Sanchez, Katarina Baxley and Amanda Stoutenberg.