For the Wildcats’ soccer team, all signs seem to point toward a winner take all battle at Hallsville that will end district play Friday night. The Wildcats and the Bobcats are tied for the fourth and last playoff spot and both teams have winnable games on the schedule Tuesday night. The Wildcats on Tuesday will play Texas High at Gerald Prim Stadium and it will be senior night for five Wildcats seniors: Tanner Ramirez, Scott Galarza, Mark Maddox, Dakota Stalcup and Ronald Arellano. The Wildcats defeated Texas High, 5-0 in Texarkana on February 12. Still Wildcats Soccer Coach Andy Holt, on KSST and Channel 18 TV’s Saturday Morning Coaches Show, noted that the Tigers just lost to Hallsville, 3-2 twice this season. Plus a couple of the Wildcats top scorers are not expected to play Tuesday night. Chris Espinoza suffered a broken nose a couple of weeks ago and recently sprained an ankle. Israel Lopez, who the team calls Pinky, has a nagging hamstring pull.
If the Wildcats pick up two wins this week, they could move past Longview into third place. Just one loss to Hallsville and the Wildcats could miss the playoffs. The Wildcats scored an early goal against Hallsville and then saw it stand up in a 1-0 win at Prim Stadium back on February 16.