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Soccer: Wildcat, Lady Cat Coaches Comment on Tournament Play

Lady Cats Soccer Coach Joel Bailey Comments on Terrell Tournament

Lady Cats Soccer Coach Joel Bailey said the Lady Cats did not get the results they were looking for in a Terrell tournament last Friday and Saturday. The Lady Cats opened the tournament Friday with a 0-0 tie with Mesquite Poteet. Coach Bailey said Mesquite Poteet is a quality program and he added the tie left the Lady Cats feeling confident. Friday night the Lady Cats lost to a strong Red Oak team, 7-0. Coach Bailey said Red Oak jumped on the Lady Cats early. He noted that Red Oak ended up winning the tournament with a victory over Richardson in the final match. Saturday the Lady Cats lost to a solid Highland Park JV team, 10-1. Coach Bailey said Highland Park is a regular participant in the state tournament and they sometimes win it all. Still he said he would have liked to seen closer matches. Coach Bailey acknowledged that the Lady Cats were beat up and had illnesses during the tournament. He said he expects to get some starting key players back for the next tournament this week. Senior Jackie Esparza scored an unassisted goal against Highland Park JV. Coach Bailey said she was in the right place at the right time as a bouncing came right to her in the box. An accurate kick put it in the net.

The Lady Cats play next in a Princeton tournament. In pool play, the Lady Cats face Flour Mound Marcus Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Then they face the A-Plus Academy of Dallas Friday at 9:15 a.m. and San Angelo Lake View Friday at 4:45 p.m. Saturday games for the Lady Cats depend on earlier game results.

Wildcats Soccer Coach Alexi Upton Comments on Princeton Tournament

The Wildcats’ soccer team won one and lost one last Friday and Saturday (January 4-5) as they opened the regular season in a Princeton tournament. Wildcats Soccer Coach Alexi Upton said his team just wasn’t ready for the first game of the tournament in a 1-0 loss to Celina Friday. He said his team seemed to have a case of the nerves as they struggled in their first game of the season. Coach Upton said the Wildcats looked more like themselves and displayed positivity in a 2-1 win over host Princeton Saturday morning. He said the Wildcats led 2-0 for most of the game and only gave up a goal right at the end of the contest. The Wildcats got goals from junior Isaac Gutierrez and sophomore Alejandro Diosdado. Coach Upton said he hopes the two goals are something to build on.

He is looking forward to the Wildcats’ home opener Tuesday night against Nevada Community. A JV contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity game at 7 p.m. at Gerald Prim Stadium.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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