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After their second straight slow start in a District 19-4A road game, the Paris Wildcats varsity soccer team benefited from an “own” goal to break the scoring ice en route to a 7-0 rout of the Greenville Lions at a frigid T. A. Cotton Ford Stadium Tuesday.
The Cats, who are favored to unseat defending district champion Sulphur Springs this season, opened their district schedule last Saturday with a 4-0 win at North Lamar in a match that was scoreless until the final minute before halftime. Tuesday’s match at Greenville was also scoreless until a shot by Josh Kirby was accidentally knocked in the goal by a Lion defender. Paris also scored on an own goal in the NL match.
Blake Beshirs scored moments later with his back to the goal off a throw-in and flick by Michael Cade to give Paris (15-2-1) a 2-0 halftime lead.
The goal floodgates opened in the second half with Beshirs getting his second goal and Kirby and Cade each scoring twice. Beshirs’ second goal came off a through ball from Cade which he caught up to and beat two defenders and the goalkeeper’s slide. Cade then scored his first goal on a set piece off a Dylan Kresen assist. Cade scored again off an assist from Ben Whitaker. Kirby scored the final two goals off assists by Beshirs and Edgar Alvarez.
The senior trio of Beshirs, Cade, and Kirby recently signed letters-of-intent to play at Ouachita Baptist. They have each netted 3 goals total in 2 district matches. Cade has 18 goals for the season, Beshirs 14, and Kirby 8. Cade and Beshirs each have notched 47 career goals.
The Wildcat defense, meanwhile, has now recorded 13 shutouts and hasn’t been scored on in the past 9 halves.
There was no JV match. The Paris JV beat North Lamar, 6-0, in its most recent outing.
The Cats continue district play Friday in a rare varsity doubleheader with the Lady Cats as new district member Bonham visits Wildcat Stadium. The girls game begins at 5:30 with the boys to follow at 7.
Then they host Sulphur Springs next Monday, Feb. 17, with the early district lead on the line. SSHS also beat Greenville, 7-0, and is scheduled to face Bonham Thursday night. Princeton opened district play with a 4-0 win over Bonham before losing, 2-1, to North Lamar.
By: Tim Taylor