Lady Cats Soccer 2, Athens 2
The Lady Cats’ soccer team fell behind 2-0 to Athens in a playoff warm-up game at Gerald Prim Stadium Monday evening (March 25) but then rallied in the games final 24 minutes scoring twice to tie the match 2-2. Athens scored the first half’s only goal at 23:20 on a long accurate shot. The Lady Cats came close to tying the score but Haley Robinson hit the crossbar with a shot. Athens went up 2-0 on a header into the net after a corner kick. The goal seemed to energize the Lady Cats. Less than four minutes later, at 20:14 Janine Yamaguchi scored for the Lady Cats. She broke away from the defense went in on the keeper and put the ball into the net. The Lady Cats got the equalizer at 10:26. After a corner kick the Lady Cats kept the ball in front of the net. Eventually it found it’s way to Baylie Arrington who kicked the ball into the net. McKenna Gammill preserved the tie with a diving stop of an Athens shot at 6:04. It was one of several diving stops by Gammill. The Lady Cats and Athens ended the evening with each side taking eight penalty kicks. Lady Cats Coach Joel Bailey was glad his team could get back on the field. They have not played since March 19, which was Senior Night against Royse City. The Lady Cats play Hallsville Friday at 6 p.m. at Mount Pleasant’s Sam Parker Field. Their last trip there was on March 8 as the Lady Cats won in dramatic fashion over Mount Pleasant on penalty kicks.