Lady Cats Soccer Defends Paris Tournament Title
The Lady Cats’ soccer team successfully defended their title at a Paris tournament this past weekend. The Lady Cats won all four games they played including a 3-1 win over Paris in the title game Saturday. The Lady Cats also topped Mabank, 2-0, Bonham, 6-0 and Athens, 2-0. The Lady Cats are now 5-1-1 for the season and they have won five straight matches. Lady Cats Soccer Coach Jesus Deleon said as defending champions, his team entered the Paris tournament with confidence. He told his team they would be playing some good smaller school teams. Mabank, Athens and Paris all made good playoff runs last year. Coach DeLeon said matches against those three teams were not easy. The Paris game in the final was tied 1-1 in the second half until the Lady Cats scored the final two goals. Makenna Kager scored her second goal of the match to give the Lady Cats the lead and Lauren Helm added an insurance goal. Coach DeLeon said goalkeeper Abbi Hale made some good saves in goal. Coach DeLeon is pleased that his team has had goal scoring from several players. The Lady Cats will participate in the Longview Showcase this week. The Lady Cats will play The Woodlands Thursday, Denton Ryan Friday and Montgomery Saturday.
Wildcats Soccer Finishes Second at Rockwall Tournament
The Wildcats’ soccer team finished second in a Rockwall tournament this past weekend. Playing their fifth game in three days, the Wildcats battled to a 1-1 tie with district foe Mt. Pleasant before losing in a shootout in the championship game. Earlier the Wildcats defeated Rockwall, 4-1, Dallas W.T. White, 2-0, Garland, 2-0 and Rockwall Heath, 2-1. The Wildcats are now 6-1-1 for the season. Wildcats Soccer Coach Nicky Wiggins said his team scored 11 goals during the tournament and allowed only 3. He said Chris Espinoza scored five goals and had 2 assists, Gerardo Arellano had 2 goals and 1 assist, Johnathan Alvarez had 2 goals, Brandon Diosdado had one goal and Cesar Andino one goal. Coach Wiggins said goalkeeper Rafael Lopez was outstanding in goal and he added the Wildcats played pretty good defense. He said both the Wildcats and Mt. Pleasant felt the effects of lots of soccer matches over a few days in the final game. The Wildcats have no games this week. They will have their final pre-district match January 24 at Pittsburg before opening district play at Pine Tree January 27.