HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

KHS wins soccer's district openers

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Looks like District 16-4A soccer picked up right where it left off: with a pair of Kilgore victories.

Both Kilgore High School soccer programs claimed home wins over Spring Hill Tuesday night, here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. Spring Hill has no junior varsity teams, so both varsity games were played here – the Lady Bulldogs won their 16-4A opener, 3-1, and then the Bulldogs followed suit with the exact same score.

Both KHS squads also had open dates on Friday night, and separate again on Tuesday. Coach Heidi Hagan’s Lady Bulldogs will host Tatum, starting with a JV game at 5:30, and the Bulldogs, coached by Tom Wait, will play at Tatum, starting with JV at 5:15.

Kilgore 3, Spring Hill 1 (girls): Jasmine Wheat scored twice for the Lady ‘Dogs, looking to defend that district championship, and freshman Emma Taylor added a third goal for Kilgore.

Kilgore 3, Spring Hill 1 (boys): Brandyn Hinojos scored twice for the Bulldogs, and Raul Cedillo scored on a nice free kick from about 19 yards out.

The ‘Dogs, defending not only their district crown (several years running), but also the 2017 4A state title, outshot the Panthers, 22-9.

“We possessed the ball on them well,” said Wait, in his second tenure as Kilgore coach – he was here back in the 1990s. “But they were able to counter. The goal they scored was a great individual effort by (Manuel Flores).”

The Bulldogs were playing just their second game at home all season, after playing in various tournaments, including one in Terrell two weeks ago.

Of note: in the Terrell tournament, Kilgore ran into former coach Austin Walker and his new team, Midlothian Heritage. Kilgore won, 3-2. Walker coached KHS to that state title last year.

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