The regular season is rapidly drawing to a close, and Kilgore High School’s soccer programs really couldn’t be playing any better.
Both KHS teams whipped Gladewater – that’s tough language, but fitting – combining to beat the Bears and Lady Bears, 24-0, on Tuesday night here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. Seniors for both Kilgore teams were honored between games.
Kilgore’s squads were both to face Henderson on Friday. The Bulldogs were to play at home, the ladies on the road.
The Bulldogs, with their 12-0 beat-down of Gladewater, are now 14-6-2 this season, 8-0 in 16-4A play, and have won nine straight.
Against Gladewater, Brandyn Hinojos had three goals, and Elian Torres, John Hinojos, and Maicol Pena each had two. Raul Cedillo and Trey Epps each scored one, and even goalkeeper Kaleb Jett got in on the act – Jett came out of goal as a position player, with teammate Josue Reyes in goal, and scored.
Jett and Reyes combined for the shutout. Kilgore has only allowed one goal in district play all season.
The Bulldogs aren’t completely off for spring break. They’ll be off Tuesday, but they host Waskom next Friday, March 16, at 5 p.m. That’s a make-up game from back on Feb. 20, when thunderstorms wouldn’t allow the game to be played.
The KHS boys are coached by Tom Wait, and are the multi-time defending district champions, and also the defending UIL Class 4A state champions, seeking a fourth-straight trip to the UIL state tournament in Georgetown.
Speaking of that, coach Heidi Hagan’s Lady Bulldogs are the two-time defending district champions themselves, and were in the state tourney two seasons ago – they’d like to go back. And they’re playing well right now. Ask Gladewater, a 12-0 loser to Kilgore Tuesday night.
For the Lady ‘Dogs, Leslie Bennett had a big night, three goals. Leading scorer Kaitlyn Word had two, and so did Jasmine Wheat, recently-returned Tori Shipman and Zoe Craven, each. Tianna Holland had a goal, as well. Kilgore goalkeeper Sarah Loomis and the Lady ‘Dogs continue to play solid defense; they’ve only allowed four goals in district, all to Spring Hill (one in a 3-1 win, the other three in a 3-1 loss).
That leaves Kilgore’s girls with an 8-1 district record, prior to Friday’s game at Henderson – Kilgore swept Henderson in the first round.
Kilgore’s girls are off all of next week, and won’t be back in action until they host Carthage on Tuesday, March 20.