When Kilgore and Lindale meet in soccer, it seems to normally come down to the final moments.
That happened again here Tuesday night.
In one of the final tune-ups before district play begins next week, the Kilgore High School soccer Bulldogs edged Lindale Tuesday night, a 1-0 win here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.
Kilgore and the Eagles played 67 minutes of scoreless, defensive soccer before Tray Epps of KHS punched in a goal.
“Wanya McIntyre beat two down the left side and put the ball on Tray Epps’ feet for the put-in,” Kilgore coach Tom Wait explained.
Wait also complimented goalkeeper Daniel Estrella for the shutout.
Kilgore was to have one more game – Friday at Palestine, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald — before District 16-4A play starts. Both of Kilgore’s soccer varsity teams, boys and girls, open their 16-4A schedules at Sabine on Tuesday, starting with the girls game at 5.
The Lady Bulldogs were off last night after losing a 1-0 contest to Henderson on Monday, and were to host Palestine on Friday night.
Soccer is the only sport in which Kilgore and Sabine are in the same district — the Cardinals’ sports are mostly at the 3A level, but in soccer, for proximity’s sake and other reasons, the UIL allows programs to “play up” a classification, hence Sabine playing in a 4A district.
Also in the district are Spring Hill, Gladewater, Tatum and Waskom — those are all 3A schools in other sports.
Sabine: Coach Wayne Borden’s Cardinals were in action at home at James Bamberg Stadium on Tuesday, their first game in a little more than a week.
Sabine beat Athens, 5-1, in spite of leading scorer Lalo Jaimes being out of the lineup with the flu. Senior Sammy Acosta got the scoring started early, Borden said, with a 25-yard blast into the upper-right corner off an assist from senior Ivan Castillo.
Fernando Jaimes scored the next two, both before halftime and one of them on an assist by Clayton Simmons. Both Jaimes and Simmons are also seniors.
Hudson scored early in the second half, and then Sabine punched right back: Jose Govea, a senior and team co-captain, scored one of them, and a freshman, Cam Childress, scored the other.
As mentioned, both Sabine teams hosts Kilgore on Tuesday, with the varsity girls game at 5, the boys to follow. The Cardinals are 9-5-2 so far this season.