Maybe there’s some truth in the old adage about the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Kilgore High School’s soccer teams – as in boys and girls – are both the defending District 16-4A champions, and neither of the programs yet has a district loss.
Kilgore’s girls whipped Gladewater, 11-0, on Friday night; the Lady Bulldogs have won their last two games by a combined score of 18-0.
The Bulldogs also won big at Gladewater, 4-0.
Both KHS teams were to face Henderson on Tuesday, after the press deadline for this print edition of the News Herald (girls here, boys away). And they’ll both face Carthage on Friday – this time, the Bulldogs will be home, starting with junior varsity at 5:15, and the girls will be away, varsity only at 5.
Kilgore 11, Gladewater 0 (girls): Kaitlyn Word, Kylie Nichols, and Leslie Bennett each notched two goals in this one, picking up right where they left off after the beat-down of Tatum last week.
Rylie Mann, Tori Shipman, Emma Taylor, Jasmine Wheat and Jade Norris each scored a goal – it was Norris’s first goal in four years after coach Heidi Hagan moved her to forward, Hagan said.
Kilgore's girls got to the regional final last year after reaching their first-ever state tournament the year before. They're seeking their third straight district championship.
Kilgore 4, Gladewater 0 (boys): John Hinojos and brother Brandon Hinojos connected for an assist and a goal to start Kilgore’s scoring, and then Elian Torres scored the first of his three goals in the game off an assist from Raul Cedillo. The ‘Dogs led 2-0 at halftime.
Torres would score twice more in the second half: one off an assist from Brandon Hinojos, and the other, unassisted. Goalkeeper Kaleb Jett earned his fifth shutout of the season, coach Tom Wait said.
Wait is in the first year of his second tenure as Kilgore's head coach -- he was here in the 1990s. Kilgore's boys program has been arguably the most successful in East Texas in the last 10 years, including three straight state tournament appearances and one Class 4A state title, last year.