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Both Wildcats and Lady Cats varsity soccer teams posted wins Friday night at Wildcat Stadium over District 19-4A soccer newcomer Bonham, but the teams took dramatically different pathways to get their W’s. The Lady Cats needed an overtime to prevail, 3-2, while the Cats left no doubt in a 10-0 runaway.
The boys team moves to 16-2-1 for the season and remains perfect in district with a 3-0 mark, outscoring district opponents by a total 21-0 count. Paris leads the district standings by a point over defending champion Sulphur Springs, 9-8, and can put more separation from the pack this week. The Cats host SSHS Monday and close out the first round of district Saturday afternoon with a match at Wildcat Stadium vs. third-place Princeton (4 points). Greenville and North Lamar are tied for fourth place with 3 points each, and Bonham is still seeking its first district point.
The Lady Cats scored just 4:27 into the Bonham match on a goal by senior Kendall Vogt. Junior Allyson Cunningham led a charge down the left flank before passing to Vogt for the blast from 12 yards out. However, Vogt, who had scored all four Lady Cat goals in district play at that point, sustained a knee injury midway through the first half and left the match.
Paris still managed to extend the lead to 2-0 without its leading scorer on the field when Cunningham sent a cross into the box after a run down the left wing. The shot bounced off the far post and junior Julianna Clipson provided the finisher before the goalie could corral the rebound.
With 2:08 remaining before halftime the Lady Warriors scored to trim the lead to 2-1, and they tied the match with the only goal of the second half. That set up an overtime period, and Clipson provided the game-winner on a penalty kick awarded for a Bonham hand ball in the goalie’s box.
The Paris girls, 2-0-1 in district, travel to Sulphur Springs (2-1) on Tuesday and to district leader Princeton (3-0) Friday. North Lamar is 1-1-1, while Greenville and Bonham are 0-3.
The Purple Warriors were no match for the Wildcat boys, as eight different Paris players scored on the evening. It was the 15th shutout of the year for Paris as the defense (Leo Gutierrez, Jackson Reeves, Adrian Vasquez, and Zane Young) was solid once again in front of goalkeeper Jesus Herrera.
Boys Goal Scoring (Assist):