Wildcats Soccer Coach Nicky Wiggins, in his second year as head coach, and four of his senior players were guests on KSST Radio and Cable Channel 18’s Saturday Morning Coaches Show this past Saturday (December 30). Coach Wiggins commented on the team’s scrimmages and he discussed the team’s season opening tournament at Forney that gets underway Thursday. The Wildcats defeated Royse City, 1-0 in a Thursday (December 28) scrimmage at Prim Stadium and then they lost 2-0 at Kilgore on Friday. Saturday night the Wildcats had their annual Alumni Scrimmage. Coach Wiggins said the Wildcats played pretty well against Royse City. All players got to play. Coach Wiggins said he took the opportunity to grade players as he looks for the best fit for players and positions. Senior forward Jonathan Alvarez scored the Wildcats goal. Coach Wiggins said against Kilgore, the Wildcats made a couple of mistakes and the defending Class 4A state champs turned those into goals in a 2-0 loss. Coach Wiggins said the Wildcats did not have much opportunity to score. He said the Wildcats played hard but could have played better. The Wildcats open the season Thursday in a Forney tournament. The Wildcats face three teams that they might see in a bi-district playoff game, West Mesquite, Royse City and Forney. The Wildcats also face Amarillo Tascosa. Coach Wiggins said his team this year is made up up thirteen seniors and lots of young kids. On the Coaches Show with Coach Wiggins were forward Johnathan Alvarez, defender Brandon Diosdado, defender Christian Huff and defender and backup goalkeeper Johnathan Lopez.
Lady Cats Soccer
Lady Cats Soccer Coach Joel Bailey, in his first year as head coach after a dozen years as the assistant coach, discussed Lady Cats’ scrimmages and their season opening tournament at Terrell on KSST Radio and Cable Channel 18’s Saturday Morning Coaches Show (on December 30). Coach Bailey was joined by senior forward Makenna Kagar. Coach Bailey said the new Prim Stadium featured a fast playing surface and a wider field. The Lady Cats topped Paris, 4-1 Thursday (December 28) and edged by Pleasant Grove 3-2 on Friday (December 29), both games at The Prim. Coach Bailey said the Lady Cats rose to the occasion in both scrimmage games. He expects to see Paris again, probably in the knockout round of their Paris tournament. Coach Bailey said he and the team were more than ready to face someone else after weeks of practice. He said the Lady Cats did a great job keeping possession of the ball and playing defense. Coach Bailey said the Pleasant Grove coach has been busy coaching football and admitted his team had not had much practice time. Coach Bailey said Pleasant Grove was a good team but he added the Lady Cats found ways to shut them down. He said the Lady Cats also took advantage of scoring opportunities. The Lady Cats open the regular season Thursday at a Terrell tournament. Coach Bailey said the Lady Cats would face Balch Springs Christian Academy, Lindale, Athens and Garland. He said it would be a very good tournament for the Lady Cats. Coach Bailey said he expects his team to play deep into the tournament. Makenna Kagar is a four year varsity player. She said she is orally committed to Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas.