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Wildcats pick up first win in 13-0 blowout

Wildcats pick up first win in 13-0 blowout
  • PublishedJanuary 28, 2022

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The Sulphur Springs Wildcats soccer team hit the road Tuesday, looking to pick up their first official win of the year against North Lamar. With district play just around the corner, the Wildcats were hoping to start to find their stride.

Uriel Santacruz got things started, scoring the first goal of the day thanks to an assist from Simon Kieffer. With the team playing with the lead, Edgar Salazar sent a pair of unassisted goals through the net, extending their lead to 3-0.

Alex Yanez joined in on the scoring, picking up a goal with the help of a Manuel Vega assist. Aubrey Camacho and Angel Andino followed with goals of their own, each of which were assisted by Jose Rodriguez.

Leading 6-0, it was then Osvaldo Arellano who took over, scoring three consecutive goals to push the lead to 9-0. Arellano was helped out by assists from Bryan Gonzalez and Rodriguez, as well as scoring one unassisted goal.

Salazar later picked up his third goal of the night, scoring an unassisted goal to push the lead to double-digits. Santacruz played great in the back part of the game, scoring a goal thanks to a Rodriguez assist, before assisting on a goal from Kieffer. 

After racking up four assists in the match, Rodriguez scored a goal of his own, with an assist from Salazar, scoring the final goal of the night to make the score 13-0.

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The win, which was the first of the year since scrimmage play for the Wildcats, brings their record to 1-9-2 on the year. Both the junior varsity and freshman teams picked up wins as well Tuesday, though they each played different teams.

The freshman team went up against Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill, beating them 6-0. Bernardo Chavez led the team with three goals, while Jose Salas, Matthew Brito and Matthew Russell each had one goal. The win improved the freshman teams record to 3-3-2 this season.

The junior varsity traveled to Mount Vernon, where they also saw success. Mariano Cuarenta got the scoring started, thanks to an assists from Kevin Garcia.

Manuel Tellez picked up back-to-back assists, as Garrett Robinson and Daniel Rodriguez each scored a goal. Daniel Sanchez scored the fourth goal of the night, thanks to an assist from JC Salas, before the Wildcats picked up a point on an own goal.

Rodriguez picked up his second goal of the night, scoring an unassisted goal, as the junior varsity picked up the 6-2 win. The win makes them 2-5-2 this season.

“First win for the varsity, played a low-level North Lamar team but we are happy to get the first win!” Head coach Alexi Upton said. “Both freshman and jv teams played local iv’s and got good results!”

All three Wildcats teams will be on the road Friday, as they take on Longview. Coverage of the games will be published on Front Porch News.

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Written By
Tyler Lennon

Tyler Lennon is the sports editor for Front Porch News and Chad’s Media. Previously with the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, Lennon has now covered sports in Hopkins County for four years. He also covers the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers and has media credentials for both the Rangers and the Mavericks. On top of his writing, Lennon is also the lead play-by-play broadcaster for Chad’s Media. He has been the lead broadcaster for Sulphur Springs football, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and more. He is also the host of the sports talkshow Down & Out on Chad’s Media, along side Korey Hankins and Ryan Humphries. You can follow Down & Out on all social medias @Downandout903