Wildcats cruise to 4-2 victory over Pittsburg

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 10, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats continue to show why they are one of the top soccer teams in District 16-4A with a 4-2 win over the Pittsburg Pirates Saturday night at Gerald Prim Stadium.

�Our guys came out and really surprised me tonight,� said SSHS coach Andy Holt. �We weren�t able to practice yesterday because of the field conditions and today we came out and played really well. If we play like that the rest of the way out, we are going to have a good chance. They played well, strong, composed and solid, and it was one of the better games that we have played all year long.�

The Wildcats (9-2) received two goals each from Tate Ramirez and Oscar Marroquin and an assist from Zach Junot to account for their scores. In the first half, Ramirez scored off an assist from Junot from eight yards out for the 1-0 lead with 34:08 remaining.

�Both of those guys scored two goals each and actually had a couple of more chances,� Holt said. �That was great, because that means they are creating chances and getting in there and mixing it up, and that is what you want from offensive players.

�I thought Zach Junot played a great game with an assist and a couple of chances with one shot hitting the post. Omar Ortiz played awesome for us tonight in the middle and fed the guys with the ball, and they finished those opportunities.�

Ramirez had a chance to give Sulphur Springs a 2-0 lead on a header off a pass from Junot, but the attempt went high and to the right with 31 minutes remaining in the first half.

Pittsburg had their best chance of tying the game up in the first half as Saul Martinez had a breakaway attempt against Wildcat goalie Mario Arellano, but he was able to make the diving stop.

The Wildcats then took a 2-0 lead into the intermission as Marroquin scored his first goal on a sliding attempt past Pittsburg goalie Jamal Freeman with 4:50 remaining.

In the second half, the Wildcats came out on the offensive and had three chances for goals as Ramirez had a shot that went high and wide with 37:45 remaining. On the rebound attempts, Cruz Lozano blasted a shot off of the post and then Junot blasted another shot off the post as the Pirates escaped.

Marroquin then scored his second goal of the game on a nice header and 24 seconds later, Ramirez gave the Wildcats a 4-0 lead with a shot from 12 yards out into the right corner of the net.

SSHS gave up two goals late within a 10-minute span as Martinez scored Pittsburg' first goal and then Jorge Lopez blasted a shot past a diving Jesus Torres and Arellano as Pittsburg trailed 4-2 with 4:14 remaining in the game.

Holt praised the play of defenders Rodrigo Larios, Victor Medina, Torres and Bailey Booher along with Jesus Arellano.

�Those four guys played well and got after it tonight. We knew that No. 11 (Sergio Narvez) would be a threat, and they found a way to stop him and our guys finished off the game and took care of business.

�As you look to next year, the minutes we can give the bench players are great minutes as they get ready for next year. Jesus Arellano is getting to play a lot of minutes and Rodrigo Larios moved into the center midfielder and got to mix his position up a little bit.�

The Wildcats will return to the Prim Stadium pitch tonight in a makeup game against the Texas High Tigers following the girls' game. First kick is scheduled for about 7:45.

In the junior varsity game, the Wildcats and Pittsburg played to a 0-0 tie.

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