Scrimmages in soccer are the same as scrimmages in every sport: for coaches to evaluate personnel, see what changes need to be made, and put players in the very best position for them and for the team to be successful.

Both Kilgore High School soccer programs have plenty of scrimmages between now and Jan. 7, when both will open their 2021 seasons in tournaments.

Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs, coached by Todd BonDurant, have been off a week since tying Hallsville in a scrimmage here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. The Lady ‘Dogs played Thursday night, dropping a 2-1 decision at Tyler Legacy (formerly Tyler Lee).

“Played great soccer,” BonDurant assessed. “The girls played hard and moved the ball well in the second half. We had some great looks at the goal, just didn’t hit the back of the net.”

Emma Taylor scored Kilgore’s goal, BonDurant said.

After this weekend, the Lady ‘Dogs are off until Dec. 29, when they’ll play a four-team scrimmage here against Henderson, Mabank and Mount Pleasant. The Bulldogs are off until Jan. 2, when they’ll host Tyler.

The Bulldogs were to play a tri-scrimmage at Pine Tree High School on Friday, with both varsity and junior varsity in action. Both teams were to play Pine Tree first, then Terrell.

The ‘Dogs, coached by Tom Wait, made up their scrimmage with Longview on Tuesday night, here at R.E. St. John. Varsity dropped their scrimmage, 2-0; the JV defeated Longview, 4-1.

“It went as promising as you hope scrimmages go,” Wait said. “You want to play quality opponents to show areas that need attention. And from our first scrimmage (at Mount Pleasant) to the second, we saw great improvement from both levels.”

As for varsity?

“Even though we didn’t score,” Wait said, “our attack improved greatly and will be a point of emphasis over the next few scrimmages.”

Both teams begin their seasons Jan. 7 – Kilgore’s boys in a tournament at Pine Tree, and Kilgore’s girls in their own tournament here.

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