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Kilgore Claims Dramatic Win on Penalty Kicks For First State Soccer Championship

Kilgore celebrates a 3-2 victory over Bridgeport during the UIL soccer class 4A final at Birkelbach Field, Georgetown, Friday, April 14, 2017. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore celebrates a 3-2 victory over Bridgeport during the UIL soccer class 4A final at Birkelbach Field, Georgetown, Friday, April 14, 2017. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN — In the moments following Kilgore’s first soccer state championship win, the players formed a victory circle around senior captain David Garcia.

The four-year starter, injured two days earlier and unavailable for the final, was holding up the jersey of former Kilgore girls soccer player Samantha Watkins who passed away in December

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Kilgore Overcomes Injury to Reach 4A State Championship Game

Kilgore's Jose Arrendondo (9) and Jaime Veloz (17) celebrate a 4-0 win over Houston Washington during the UIL soccer class 4A semifinals at Birkelbach Field, Georgetown, Wednesday, April. 12, 2017. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore's Jose Arrendondo (9) and Jaime Veloz (17) celebrate a 4-0 win over Houston Washington during the UIL soccer class 4A semifinals at Birkelbach Field, Georgetown, Wednesday, April. 12, 2017. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN — The Kilgore Bulldogs returned to the state championship game after falling one round short in each of the previous two seasons.

But it came at a price.

Senior and four-year starter David Garcia exited with a gruesome lower leg injury midway through the first half, but his teammates picked up the slack by handling Houston Washington, 4-0, Wednesday evening in their Class 4A semifinal at Birkelbach Field

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Jasper Falls Short of State Title Game With 2-1 Loss to Boerne

Jasper's Eliana Lovett (20), Krystal Kraus (8) and Zahina Briones (2) react after falling to Boerne 2-1 during the UIL soccer class 4A semifinals at Birkelbach Field, Georgetown, Wednesday, April. 12, 2017. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Jasper's Eliana Lovett (20), Krystal Kraus (8) and Zahina Briones (2) react after falling to Boerne 2-1 during the UIL soccer class 4A semifinals at Birkelbach Field, Georgetown, Wednesday, April. 12, 2017. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN — The Jasper Lady Bulldogs have made their mark on soccer in recent years, but have yet to come away with the ultimate prize.

The heartbreak continued Wednesday afternoon as Boerne held off Jasper, 2-1, in their UIL Class 4A state semifinal from Birkelbach Field

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Athens’ Magical Run Ends with 2-0 Semifinal Loss to Stephenville

Athens' Kyra Robison (13) takes a header over Stephenville's Courtney Langley (20) during UIL soccer class 4A semifinals at Birkelbach Field, Georgetown, Wednesday, April. 12, 2017. (Stephen Spillman, ETSM.fm)
Athens' Kyra Robison (13) takes a header over Stephenville's Courtney Langley (20) during UIL soccer class 4A semifinals at Birkelbach Field, Georgetown, Wednesday, April. 12, 2017. (Stephen Spillman, ETSM.fm)

GEORGETOWN — The Athens Lady Hornets dropped five of their first six matches of the year. It’s safe to say that back in January, a trip to the UIL state soccer tournament was not on the minds of many

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Semifinal Switch: Kilgore Boys Will Play Houston Washington, Houston Wheatley Used Ineligible Player

Kilgore Yontaton Contreras sets up for a shot.
Kilgore forward Yonata Contreras recorded two points in Friday's win.

The Kilgore boys soccer team will not play Houston Wheatley in Wednesday's Class 4A state semifinal game after all.

University Interscholastic League spokesperson Kate Hector confirmed Tuesday afternoon to ETSN...

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Pairings Announced For 2017 UIL Soccer State Tournament

The 2016 Jasper soccer team celebrates its second-place finish at the girls UIL Soccer State Tournament in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
The 2016 Jasper soccer team celebrates its second-place finish at the girls UIL Soccer State Tournament in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

UIL State Soccer Championships
Wednesday-Saturday
At Birkelbach Field, Georgetown
WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

  • Girls Class 4A semifinal: ATHENS (15-10-1) vs. Stephenville (23-4), 11 a.m.
  • Girls Class 4A semifinal: JASPER (26-1) vs
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Athens Girls Reach State Tournament For First Time

Athens Makayle Traxson scores the first goal for the Lady Horents.
Athens' Makayle Traxson, pictured last season, led the way in a 6-2 win against Terrell in Saturday's 4A Region II championship game.

TYLER -- Athens completed a year-long dream Saturday in the girls' Class 4A Region II championship game. That does not mean the story is over though.

The Lady Hornets advanced to the state tournament in Georgetown with a 6-2 win against Terrell. A win nearly as lopsided as last season's loss in the same game at the same CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium venue.

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Kilgore Survives Late Push From Carrollton Ranchview To Reach Third Consecutive State Tournament

Kilgore Elian Torres head the ball.
Kilgore's Elian Torres knocks down a corner kick from Yonatan Contreras and sets up the game's opening goal versus A-Plus Academy in Friday's regional semifinal game.

TYLER -- Kilgore's hopes, dreams and hauntings are still in front of them, but it was nice to stop and smell the roses Saturday afternoon at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

The Bulldogs defeated Carrollton Ranchview, 4-3, to reach the state tournament for a third consecutive season in the boys' Class 4A Region II championship game. They're once again the best team in a quadrant of the state and will be rewarded with a state semifinal game Wednesday at Birckelbach Field in Georgetown.

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Kilgore’s Attackers Too Much For Dallas A-Plus Academy In Regional Semifinal + Carrollton Ranchview Downs Chapel Hill

Kilgore Noe Zavaleta fights for the ball.
Kilgore's Noe Zavaleta fights for the ball against A-Plus Academy's Luigi Escobedo.

TYLER -- Kilgore got away 31 shots in Friday's Class 4A Region II semifinal playoff game and put 17 attempts on net in a 6-2 dismantling of Dallas A-Plus Academy that could have been a lot worse at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

The Bulldogs had four other serious scoring chances in the contest, and both of A-Plus Academy's goals were impossible for goalkeeper Kaleb Jett to defend. If those things had fallen Kilgore's way as well, the squad very well could have marched into Saturday's regional championship game on the heels of up to a double-digit victory.

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East Texas Soccer Playoffs: Friday’s Regional Semifinal Results

Lady Dawgs defender Caitlyn Warren tries to find open field against Salado's Morgan Bird during their Class 4A state semifinal on April 13, 2016, in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Lady Dawgs defender Caitlyn Warren tries to find open field against Salado's Morgan Bird during their Class 4A state semifinal on April 13, 2016, in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

BOYS
CLASS 4A
Region II
At Rose Stadium, Tyler
Semifinals

  • Kilgore 6, Dallas A+ Academy 2
  • Carrollton Ranchview 2, Chapel Hill 0

Region III
At A&M Consolidated HS, College Station
Semifinals

  • Houston Washington 2, Center 1 (OT)
  • Houston Wheatley 7, Lufkin Hudson 1


GIRLS
CLASS 4A
Region II
At Rose Stadium, Tyler
Semifinals

  • Athens 4, Mabank 2
  • Terrell 1, Palestine 0

Region III
At A&M Consolidated HS, College Station
Semifinals

  • Jasper 6, Brazosport 0
  • Little Cypress-Mauriceville 3, Bay City 2

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