HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

‘Dogs rout Henderson; Palestine rematch Friday

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The more things change, the more they stay the same, it seems, for the Kilgore soccer Bulldogs.

Coach Tom Wait’s team is running through competition like a hot knife through butter, and last Friday, Henderson was the Land O’ Lakes.

It wasn’t pretty – the Bulldogs trailed initially, when the Lions scored in the opening 10 minutes – but ultimately, Kilgore won, 5-3.

The ‘Dogs are now 11-1-1, and they can “get their loss back,” so to speak, this Friday at home. Kilgore hosts Palestine at 5:30, starting with junior varsity, here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs’ lone loss of the season came to Palestine, in the Palestine tournament right about the start of the season.

Against Henderson, trailing by a goal, Kilgore got the game-tying tally by Brandyn Hinojos, and then Henderson went up 2-1 on a goal not long before halftime.

Kilgore tied it on a goal by Tray Epps, and then Hinojos untied it, giving Kilgore the lead with about 12 minutes left. Henderson tied it again with six minutes left, but then Wanya McIntyre put the ‘Dogs up for good a minute later.

Henderson won the JV game, 2-1.

Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs, coached by Heidi Hagan, were off the bulk of last week, and had a game Tuesday night in Tyler at Tyler Lee. They’ll go back to Tyler Friday night to face Grace (a 5 p.m. JV start).

Both Kilgore teams start district play next Tuesday, Feb. 12, at home against Sabine.

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