It’s looking like the best soccer teams in District 15-4A will again be right here.
Kilgore High School’s boys, the KHS girls and the Sabine High School boys all moved their district records to 2-0 on Friday night, and all of them in convincing fashion – and Kilgore’s Emma Taylor has eight goals just this week, unbelievable.
Both Kilgore teams were in Waskom on Friday night, and won big: the Lady Bulldogs beat Waskom, 13-0, and then the ‘Dogs followed with an 11-0 win. Neither Kilgore team has allowed a goal in the first two district games.
Sabine’s Cardinals beat Spring Hill, 4-0, in Longview.
This coming week, Sabine hosts Henderson on Tuesday night, a boys varsity start at 7, and then visits Center next Friday, Feb. 12, also a 7 p.m. start.
For Kilgore on Tuesday night, both teams are home, here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium against Spring Hill; the Lady Bulldogs play at 5, the boys to follow at 7. Next Friday, Kilgore’s girls host Carthage, and the Bulldogs are on the road, with junior varsity games first at 5 at both sites.
Kilgore 11, Waskom 0 (boys): Adrian Estrella scored twice against Waskom, both in the second half, and also had a first-half assist on another goal to Max Torres, the first goal of the game that opened the floodgates at the 28-minute mark.
Kilgore scored again 12 minutes later, courtesy of Tray Epps off a pass from Jacob Contreras. Three minutes later, Ricardo Cedillo scored unassisted, and then with five minutes left in the half, Richie Avalos scored off an assist from Torres. That gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead at the halftime break.
In the second half, Estrella scored three minutes in, then two minutes later, both off assists from Isaiah Ramirez. Angelo Rico passed to Alberto Gonzalez for goal number six with 20 minutes left in the game, and then Alberto paid it forward with an assist of his own to Chris Galindo with 15 minutes left.
Kilgore would add three more: Jamie Baldoza scored on an assist from Rico; Diego Rojas scored on an assist from Adan Reyes; and then Rico scored the final goal with three minutes left off an assist from Rojas.
As Kilgore was stacking up the goals, the defensive effort never slipped, and three players took care of the goalkeeping duties: Daniel Estrella, Anthony Salinas and Chris Martinez.
The top three teams in the boys’ district division – Kilgore, Sabine and Henderson – are each 2-0, Kilgore coach Tom Wait noted, and none of them have allowed a goal in those district games.
Kilgore 13, Waskom 0 (girls): For the second straight game, Emma Taylor scored four goals, with eight on the week against Tatum and Waskom combined.
Adding to the tally: Estrella Galvan had two goals, and Vanessa Velasco, Samantha Rodriguez, Laramie Cox, Cristina Rosas, Skylar Greenberg and Emily Beason each had a goal.
Sabine 4, Spring Hill 0 (boys): Coach Wayne Borden’s Cardinals pitched a shut-out, too.
Junior Alex Barrios got his second goal of the season to start the scoring, and sophomore Cam Childress added his second of the year before halftime. Sabine in the second half got a pair of goals from Lalo Jaimes, who has a ridiculous 31 goals on the season already.
Jaimes also had an assist, his fourth this season, and so did Dylan Stafford, his third in 2021. Sophomore Uriel Sifuentes had an assist as well, his fifth this year, second on the team.
Sabine (9-7 overall) hosts Henderson on Tuesday in a battle of district-unbeaten teams.