Greenville’s Lady Lions made up a lot of ground on Sulphur Springs but still couldn’t catch the Lady Wildcats in a District 19-4A soccer match on Monday night at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
Sulphur Springs, which had whipped the Lady Lions 7-1 at Sulphur Springs on Feb. 7, won only 2-1 in the rematch in Greenville.
“I’m proud that they had intensity and heart tonight,” said Lady Lions coach Shelby Hale.
Sulphur Springs improved to 14-3-1 for the season and 5-1 in district play while the Lady Lions dropped to 1-5 in district play.
Greenville held Sulphur Springs without a goal for the first 21:59 of the first half and the last 38:48 of the second half.
Hale noted that the Lady Lions went all out to get to the ball.
“We had one breakdown and it resulted in that first goal,” she said.
Esmeralda Sanchez took advantage on that breakdown, booting the ball into the right corner of the net from about 15 yards with 19:01 left in the first half. It was Sanchez’s 16th goal of the season for Sulphur Springs.
Sulphur Springs failed to capitalize on another Greenville mistake made with one second left before halftime, missing a penalty kick after a Lady Wildcat was taken down from behind near the goal by a Greenville defender.
Myranda Pierce gave Sulphur Springs a 2-0 lead with 38:49 remaining after booting in a ball that had gotten away from Greenville goalkeeper Shaley Treat. It was Pearce’s ninth goal of the season.
Brinkley Henson brought Greenville to within 2-1 with 26:06 following a Sulphur Springs foul that resulted in a penalty kick. Henson fired her kick into the lower right corner of the net for her third goal in Greenville’s last two games.
Sulphur Springs kept the pressure on the Greenville defense for much of the second half but was turned away on some big saves by Treat. The Wildcats also had one shot bounce off the crossbar.
Greenville will be back in action at home on Saturday against district member Paris.
Sulphur Springs also claimed the junior varsity match, 2-0.