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Soccer: Open Date Friday; Wildcats, Lady Cats Defeat Texas High Tuesday

Wildcats Soccer Coach Nicky Wiggins on Win at T High

Wildcats Soccer Coach Nicky Wiggins liked his team’s 3-0 victory at Texas High Tuesday night even more than their 10-1 home win against the Tigers last month. This time Coach Wiggins said the Wildcats didn’t surrender a goal. They were also protecting just a 1-0 lead for most of the game. The Wildcats added two more goals in the final 15 minutes of the game. Axel Solorzano scored for his second straight game. Angel Tavera and Enrique Arellano also scored for the Wildcats. Solorzano, Arellano and Alex Diosdado all had assists. The win was the third straight for the Wildcats in the second half of district play. Their district record has gone from 2-4 to 5-4. The Wildcats are in third place. Coach Wiggins said the Wildcats were frustrated in the game early Tuesday night as they created lots of scoring chances that did not end up in the net. He said the Wildcats hit the goal posts at least four times and he added several of their shots were stopped by the Tigers’ goalkeeper. Coach Wiggins spoke glowingly of the Wildcats defense. He praised goalkeeper J-Lo or Jonathan Lopez and defenders Christian Huff and D.J. Abran. Coach Wiggins is encouraging his Wildcats to remain focused on just the next game they have. The Wildcats have an open date Friday and Coach Wiggins said he wished his hot team could keep on playing. After the bye, the Wildcats will play arch rival Mount Pleasant at home. Coach Wiggins said it has been awhile since the Wildcats came out on top against the Tigers, who are in first place again this year.

Lady Cats Soccer Coach Joel Bailey Discusses Win Over Texas High

Lady Cats Soccer Coach Joel Bailey was very pleased that his team ended up defeating Texas High Tuesday night at home in overtime thus avoiding point-robbing penalty kicks. He noted that overtime winners receive a full three points just like winners in regulation. Both of the Lady Cats goals in the second half of overtime were very well executed. Keeley Hudgins used her left foot to put the ball in the net despite the attention of two Lady Tigers’ defenders. About two minutes later, Mileena Zirretta kicked a ball over Texas High’ defenders that Gracie Boyer got to and then scored using an arching shot over the Lady Tigers ‘ goalkeeper. Coach Bailey said it was great to have Makenna Kagar back on the field for the Lady Cats. Kagar was injured in a tournament and missed the Lady Cats first eight district games. The Lady Cats are now 6-3 in district play. Coach Bailey downplayed defeating former Lady Cats Coach Jesus DeLeon twice this season. He said the coaches have mutual respect for each other. Coach Bailey said he is not a big fan of byes in the district soccer schedule. He wants his team to remain sharp and focused. After the open date Friday, the Lady Cats will have a big road match at Mount Pleasant.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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