HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Crunch time

KHS looks to finish regular season strong with games vs. Tatum, at Spring Hill

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It’s spring break, and like just about every other year, the Kilgore High School soccer programs both took the week off.

The rest of District 16-4A is probably thankful for the break.

Kilgore’s Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs are a combined 15-1 in district play this season, both looking to again successfully defend their district championships from 2018. The latest victories came at Waskom, with the Lady ‘Dogs bringing home a 9-0 win, and coach Tom Wait’s Bulldogs getting another shutout, 6-0.

Kilgore’s girls, coached by Heidi Hagan, are 8-0 in district; the Bulldogs are 7-1, having stumbled at district newcomer Sabine two weeks ago.

They’ll get back to the grind this coming Tuesday, March 19, as both KHS teams will host Tatum, starting with the girls game at 5 p.m. The boys will follow, about 7, both at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. Longtime KHS soccer supporter Dr. James Repasky will be honored that night.

That’s the next-to-last regular season game for both Kilgore squads. Next Friday, they’ll both wrap up the regular season with a road trip to Spring Hill, also a 5 p.m. varsity girls start, with boys to follow.

After that, it’s playoff time.

Kilgore 9, Waskom 0 (girls): Emma Taylor decided, apparently, that Waskom needed to go down in a big way. Taylor scored a whopping four goals in the game.

Laramie Cox and Zoe Craven each added two, and Kylie Nichols had one, as well.

The Lady ‘Dogs, of course, are seeking a return trip to the UIL Class 4A state tournament in Georgetown, which has been a pretty regular stop for both Kilgore teams in the last decade. Kilgore lost to Jasper in a 1-0 battle in the semifinals a year ago.

Kilgore 6, Waskom 0 (boys): Brandyn Hinojos, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer this season, got the hat trick at Waskom: three goals.

Tray Epps, Efrain Mojica, and Christian Vega all each scored one, as the Bulldogs’ defense held Waskom without a single tally.

Kilgore broke through and won a 4A boys soccer state title in 2017, after reaching the state tournament a handful of times with different coaches. They were upended, upset, in the regional tournament last year.

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