Here’s hoping Kilgore High School’s girls soccer team — and the Bulldogs, too, for that matter — keep playing as well when district play begins as they have in the non-district portion of the schedule.

Kilgore’s Lady ‘Dogs went on the road for another win on Tuesday, beating Jacksonville, 3-0. Emma Taylor, who has been a bear for all of Kilgore’s opponents to handle, scored the hat trick – all three goals.

Laramie Cox, Cristina Rosas and Zoe Craven each had an assist to Taylor, and Jacksonville couldn’t keep up. Taylor has 17 goals for the Lady Bulldogs this year.

Kilgore upped its overall record to 7-1-1 overall. The Lady Bulldogs, with coach Todd BonDurant in his first season here, were ranked eighth in the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 4A state poll, up two from 10th in the last one.

The Lady Bulldogs were to play on the road Friday night at Hallsville, in junior varsity and varsity games following the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald. Kilgore plays at Henderson on Tuesday, starting with JV at 5, and then the Lady Bulldogs are finally home next Friday, Jan. 31, to host Athens, also starting at 5 with the JV game.

Coach Tom Wait’s Bulldogs, coming off the Terrell tournament, were off on Tuesday night, and were to host Hallsville on Friday, after the News Herald’s print deadline. The ‘Dogs will visit Pittsburg on Tuesday, with JV starting at 5, and then next Friday, the JV ‘Dogs play Midlothian in Longview at 3, and the Bulldogs’ varsity takes on Henderson in Henderson, at 8 p.m.

Sabine: The Cardinals hosted Bullard on Tuesday and came away with a healthy 5-all tie.

How can a tie be healthy? Sabine coach Wayne Borden explained.

“It wasn’t what I envisioned,” Borden said, “but it’s the kind of game that tends to bring a team closer together and give the young men a chance to exhibit their grit and determination. We still have roughly three weeks to go before District 16-4A play begins. Our draw for the first game is perennial powerhouse Kilgore at home.

“We have some things to work on before then, but we’re getting close to where we need to be before we head into district play.”

Lalo Jaimes had two goals for Sabine against the Bullard Panthers — he’s Sabine’s leading scorer this season, with 19 goals. His brother, Fernando Jaimes (Sabine’s career school scoring leader) also had two, and Clayton Simmons, an emerging star for Sabine, Borden said, had his second goal of the season.

Sabine (7-4-2 this season overall) was to play at Pleasant Grove on Friday night. The Cardinals play at Brownsboro Monday at 7 p.m., and then are off until Feb. 4, a home game against Lufkin Hudson.

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