Tournament play rules the world right now in high school soccer, and the teams from Kilgore and Sabine are in the thick of that.
Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs played in the Keller tournament and lost only once, and the Bulldogs played in a tournament in Palestine, winning three and tying two. Sabine’s boys went 2-1 in a tournament in Tatum (read more below), and all three teams are back in tournaments this week.
Kilgore boys: Coach Tom Wait’s ‘Dogs were in a tournament with high-level competition at Palestine’s Wildcat Stadium, and still came out with three wins, no losses and two ties in five games.
Kilgore (4-2-2) will play in a tournament in Terrell this week: they face Sulphur Springs in a 9:30 a.m. start time Thursday, and then play Dallas Seagonville at 3:30. They’ll be off Friday, and then face Hallsville Saturday as the tournament continues. Games from there depend upon results.
The ‘Dogs started the Palestine tournament with a 5-2 win over (Waco) La Vega. Wanya McIntyre stepped up big, scoring three goals. Ricardo Cedillo and Efrain Mojica each had a goal, and Mojica had an assist. Luis Martinez, Adolfo Castillo and Tray Epps all each had an assist.
Kilgore and Mexia played to a 3-all tie; Epps had two goals and McIntyre, one, and McIntyre and AB Herrera had assists.
The Bulldogs also tied with Ennis, this time 2-2. Epps and Mojica each had a goal. Martinez had an assist.
Kilgore beat Nacogdoches in a rematch from the season opener, 3-1. Mojica, Epps and McIntyre each had a goal in that one, and Mojica also had an assist.
KHS finished the tournament with a 3-0 shutout of Kennedale, taking the tournament’s silver bracket championship. McIntyre put the ball in the net twice, and Epps, once. Martinez had two assists and Izaiah Ramirez had one.
Kilgore girls: Coach Jason Bragg filled in for head coach Todd BonDurant, who had a death in his family. The Lady Bulldogs played hard for BonDurant, and did well, winning their first two games in the tournament (covered over the weekend in the News Herald) and then beating Class 6A’s Pebble Hills (El Paso) before losing to another 6A team, Keller’s Timber Creek, 8-1, on Saturday.
Another game against Denton Ryan was canceled because Denton Ryan couldn’t get back to the tournament due to weather.
Against Pebble Hills, Kilgore won, 2-0. Emma Taylor scored twice for KHS, including an assist from Maliyah Holland. In the loss to Timber Creek, Zoe Craven got her first goal of the season from the Lady Bulldogs (3-1-1).
Kilgore is in a tournament in Longview beginning Thursday, starting with Quinlan Ford at 11 a.m.
The Texas Girls Coaches Association’s state poll came out Tuesday, and Kilgore is ranked 10th in 4A.
Sabine: The Cardinals won a pair of games to just one loss over the weekend in a tournament in Tatum.
After losing their first game of the tournament to Tyler Grace, the Cardinals bounced back to beat Mineola, 6-1, and Lufkin Hudson, 3-1.
Lalo Jaimes had two goals in the loss to Grace; Clayton Simmons had the third.
In the win over the Yellow Jackets, Jaimes had two more goals, and other scorers for the Cardinals were Saniel Acosta, Fernando Jaimes, Ivan Castillo and Cam Childress.
Lalo Jaimes had two of the Sabine goals against Hudson, and Childress also scored.
The Cardinals, coached by Wayne Borden, will compete in a tournament hosted by Pine Tree this week. They’ll open Thursday at 1 p.m. against Texas High, and then face Sherman at 5. On Friday, they start with Chapel Hill at 9 a.m., then play Lindale at 3.