Lady Cats Soccer Bi-District Match Firmed Up, Lady Cats Face Hallsville
The Hallsville Lady Bobcats leapfrogged Jacksonville into first place in District 16-5A soccer and that changed the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats playoff plans. The Lady Cats renew their rivalry with old district foe Hallsville in bi-district action. The two teams meet Friday (March 29) at 6 p.m. at Mount Pleasant’s Sam Parker Field. The Lady Cats are visitors. To prepare for Friday night, the Lady Cats have a warm up game at Gerald Prim Stadium at 6 p.m. against Athens. Lady Cats Soccer Coach Joel Bailey called it a bonus game and he encouraged fans to show up and watch some soccer. Coach Bailey had expected to play Jacksonville but they lost Friday in a penalty kick shootout while Hallsville won. The Lady Bobcats are a team Coach Bailey knows well since they were district foes for several years until this year. The two teams scrimmaged at Hallsville on December 29. Coach Bailey said he was still trying to figure things out this year back then. He said he knew even then that they would be a tough team. Coach Bailey said he scrimmaged them to see what his team was made of. He said Hallsville lost some talented players off last year’s team but also returned some juniors and seniors that were equal to the challenge. Coach Bailey said a lot has changed since the first of the year adding the Lady Cats were a completely different team now. He’s hoping the bi-district game will be anybody’s game to win. He said the playoffs is the theater the Lady Cats want. Coach Bailey called the playoffs a new season and a second chance to prove your worth. He added there is no tomorrow with the winner still in and the loser our. Coach Bailey said he hopes the Lady Cats can jump on Hallsville and control the momentum of the game. Last year in bi-district the Lady Cats surprised Wylie East and led the Lady Raiders, 1-0 at the half before Wylie East rallied in the second half.