The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats hosted a soccer tournament, this past Saturday at Gerald Prim. Caddo Mills, Kilgore and Maybank were the other three schools invited to play. All three are 4A schools who the Lady Cats have to potential to meet up next year during the season and were great opportunities for the girls to get more touches on the ball and see what the competition will hold for the future.
Maybank went up against the Lady Cats first and managed to shoot in a goal before Sulphur Springs. Asked and answered the Lady Cats found their grove and did not let any more balls in the back of the net on their end but returned the favor to Maybank four more times. Anna Williams stood out for the Lady Cats with two goals in the first game. Vanessa Lara controlled the middle of the field, distributing the ball well up to the top.
Sulphur Springs went up against Kilgore for their second game. The Lady Cats had gotten into a good grove and were moving the ball well and it showed with five goals. Only one got through on the defense and the Lady Cats took the win home. Hayley Schultz came away with a hat trick for this game.
The last game of the day for the Lady Cats was against Caddo Mills. Caddo Mills has only had a soccer program for the last three years and gave a good showing this weekend. Both teams played well and the Caddo Mills keeper saved the day for them, only letting in two Sulphur Springs goals. The game ended in a tie 2-2 which is not how Sulphur Springs wanted to end the tournament but they played well and had lore shots in goal during the game than any previous game.
The fullbacks put up great defense against rated teams this weekend. Senior, Captain Jayden VanWinkle helped to lead the players in shutting down the forwards with the help of Emily Soto in the middle. Addie and Kylie, on the outside, both added movement and protection of the goal throughout the games. “Due to having Isabelle Thesing and Emma Romero out, we had to make some last minute adjustments to our defense. Overall I felt like the girls that had to step up and cover those positions handled it well,” stated coach Aguayo.
These scrimmages are a great way for the coaches to see what changes they need to make and with several key players out for various reasons, the team came to get her well. “The girls are playing well and having fun. I am very proud of them and love the way they have been playing as a team,” Javiar Aguayo. The Sulphur Springs girls varsity team had a great weekend.
By Allison Libby-Thesing