Cats, Lady Cats Hold Bonham Scoreless
On a frigid, humid night with wind chills in the 20s, the Paris High girls and boys soccer teams hosted a District 19-4A doubleheader with the fledgling and currently homeless Bonham Purple Warriors. The varsity girls played to a scoreless tie after 100 unproductive minutes, while the Wildcats varsity peppered the Warrior defense in an 11-0 rout.
While the results were in stark contrast, both Paris varsities were held by a common thread: both teams’ goalkeepers could have taken the night off without being missed. The Bonham soccer program, in its first full year of UIL district affiliation, is still searching for its first district win in a season where goals are rare.
They’ve also had to be road warriors, with their home field currently out of use due to turf reconstruction. Tuesday’s matches were originally scheduled to be played in Bonham but were shifted to Paris as a result.
It was an encore evening for the Paris boys, now 20-3-1 overall with a district-leading 7-1 record. The Cats celebrated Senior Night on Saturday which normally coincides with the final home match.
It was a mismatch played almost entirely in the Warriors’ end of the field. Although the Bonham defense and some Wildcat misfires kept Paris off the board for the first 12:17 of play, once the inevitable dam burst, the Cats flooded the Warrior net with goals. By the 11:05 mark before halftime Paris held a 6-0 lead and coach Jeremy Beshirs began substituting freely.
The Cats didn’t score again until 21:20 remained in the match, but Paris was able to take advantage of an exhausted Bonham defense to add 5 more goals to the total. The individual count:
- A 3-goal hat trick by leading scorer Michael Cade. The 6-2 senior now has 25 for the year and 54 for his career.
- A pair of goals by senior Josh Kirby. The Ouachita Baptist signee (along with Cade and Blake Beshirs) now has 11 goals for the season.
- Single goals by senior Ben Whitaker (his 10th), Beshirs (his 18th and career No. 51), senior Dylan Kresen (his eighth), senior Diego Torres (his first), junior Edgar Alvarez (his third), and junior Jesus Ruiz (his sixth).
The Cats are on the verge of securing their second district title over the past three seasons if they can defeat defending champion Sulphur Springs Friday at Gerald Prim Stadium. They close out district play two weeks later (after a Spring Break layoff) with a match on March 20 at Princeton.
Meanwhile, the girls’ match was mostly a slugfest in midfield with the Lady Cats occasionally mounting a foray deep in Lady Warrior territory. Paris didn’t tally its first shot on goal until 11 minutes were left in the first half, and it was a harmless, mild strike.
A much better opportunity came just before halftime on a free kick by Julianna Clipson from 22 yards out that drifted 3 feet wide of the far post. Clipson had three more excellent scoring chances in the second half off set pieces including a shot from 23 yards away that the Bonham goalie was able to poke over the goalpost.
The teams played a pair of 10-minute overtime periods with no serious threats to dent the scoreboard.
The Lady Cats, now 3-3-2 in district, close out the regular season at home vs. Sulphur Springs Friday and on March 20 vs. Princeton.