Kilgore High School’s soccer district rivals have to be wondering what in the world they can do to throw a monkey wrench in Kilgore’s plans to again sweep the sport’s district championships.
Right now, for the opponents, it’s not looking good.
Both Kilgore teams won yet again on Tuesday night, sweeping Henderson. Coach Heidi Hagan’s Lady Bulldogs edged the state-ranked Lady Lions, 1-0, here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, while the Bulldogs passed up the Lions, 3-0. Those wins allowed each of the Kilgore teams to move to 4-0 in District 16-4A.
Kilgore was to face Carthage on Friday – girls on the road, boys here – in games that were to conclude after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald.
On Tuesday, both Kilgore teams will be home, hosting Waskom (Waskom doesn’t field junior varsity). Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs will play Waskom at 5 p.m.; the boys game will follow at 7.
Kilgore 1, Henderson 0 (girls): Henderson’s Lady Lions came into the contest ranked 14th in the state in the Texas Girls Soccer Coaches Association state poll. They left with a 1-0 loss.
The teams played to a scoreless tie at halftime, and senior Kaitlyn Word scored on a penalty kick, the only score of the game. Word, a key part of the roster the last two years (that included a playoff run to the state tournament in 2016), has five goals in the last three games.
Kilgore 3, Henderson 0 (boys): The Lions have provided the toughest opposition to Kilgore’s reign of the district the last few years, but could do little to prevent a Kilgore shutout here.
Brandon Hinojos, Efrain Mojica, and Elian Torres each scored for coach Tom Wait’s Bulldogs, who also played solid defense and got yet another shutout by goalkeeper Kaleb Jett – his seventh shutout of the season.