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SSHS Soccer Coaches Reflect on Wins Against Marshall

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Wildcats Soccer 2, Marshall 0 (Overtime)

The Marshall Mavericks’ soccer team frustrated the Wildcats for a longtime Wednesday evening in Marshall. The Mavericks packed in their defense and appeared to be playing to earn a tie and get into penalty kicks. Fortunately for the Wildcats, they finally broke through and scored a pair of goals in overtime. In the first half of overtime, Johnathan Alvarez got a nice pass from Angel Tavera and was able to put the ball into the net. In the second half of overtime, D.J. Abron made a crossing pass that was blocked by Marshall. It went right to Enrique Arellano who scored. Wildcats Soccer Coach Nicky Wiggins said the Wildcats controlled possession against Marshall but had a hard time scoring despite out shooting the Mavericks, 22-2. Coach Wiggins said the longer the Wildcats went without a goal, the more frustrated they became. He said the goals produced a lot of relief. Winning in overtime gives the Wildcats a full three points just like a regulation time win. The Wildcats are now 1-1 in district play and 8-7 for the season. The Wildcats play Texas High at Gerald Prim Stadium Friday night.

Joel Bailey on Lady Cats Win Over Marshall

Lady Cats Soccer Coach Joel Bailey has a team with the potential to score lots of goals. The Lady Cats dominated Marshall Wednesday evening at The Prim winning 5-0. Coach Bailey said both Mileena Zirretta and Gracie Boyer are leading the Lady Cats in scoring and he added they were among the district’s top goal scorers early in district play. Coach Bailey said when Zirretta has six or seven shots, the Lady Cats always win. Zirretta scored two goals Wednesday against Marshall and made a beautiful crossing pass assist to Boyer who just had to tap the ball into an open net. In his gentlemanly manner, Coach Bailey corrected KSST’s reported goal scoring in Wednesday’s game. On the first Lady Cats goal scored less than four minutes into the first half, KSST credited the goal to Erika Lara after a Jo McMillan corner kick. Coach Bailey said McMillan’s shot tested the Lady Mavericks and he said the ball just crossed the goal line before Lara tapped the ball into the net to make sure. McMillan scored a second goal on a set piece free kick from 25 yards out. Coach Bailey said the kick just rose right over the keeper and dropped into the net. The Lady Cats are 2-0 in district play with two shutouts. They are 10-2-3 for the season. The Lady Cats play at Texas High Friday night. The Lady Cats are coached by former Lady Cats Coach Jesus DeLeon. Coach Deleon scouted the Lady Cats Wednesday night at Prim Stadium watching from the Bill Bradford Press Box.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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