In a stunning upset, the Kilgore High School Bulldogs’ 2021 soccer season ended at Longview High School’s Lobo Stadium on Tuesday night.
Sabine's Lady Cardinals saw their season end in round two, as well, as North Lamar dealt Sabine a 2-1 season-ending loss.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Kilgore girls won, and advanced in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A playoffs.
The Bulldogs, coached by Tom Wait and playing a later game Tuesday against Pittsburg at Lobo, faced a tough Pirates team they had beaten earlier this year. But this time, shockingly, it was Pittsburg coming out on top, a 5-4 win in a shootout.
Kilgore finishes the season with 23 wins, and a District 15-4A championship. But unfortunately, it’s the earliest exit for the Bulldogs – not counting last year’s COVID-19 cancelation of the playoffs – in well over a decade.
Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs, though, coached by Todd BonDurant, made it through to round three. The Lady ‘Dogs had to hold off a scrappy Pleasant Grove team, and did – Kilgore beat Pleasant Grove, 1-0, the “one” coming in the first half, a goal by senior Cristina Rosas.
There were some close calls, but the Lady Bulldogs made it through and will face Bullard in a third-round game on Friday afternoon at noon at Whitehouse ISD's Wildcat Stadium.
Sabine, coached by former KHS coach Heidi Hagan (who guided Kilgore to two state tournament appearances), pulled a first-round upset and knocked off 20-plus-game winner Palestine.
But North Lamar, a Paris-area school, was able to double up the Lady Cardinals in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night. Sabine was scrappy, getting into the playoffs as the fourth seed in 16-4A (3A teams in Texas can play a 4A schedule in soccer), and Hagan, in her first season, already has a big win over Palestine to show for it.