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Lufkin Captures East Texas’ First State Soccer Championship With 3-1 Defeat Of Georgetown East View

Lufkin coach Russell Shaw hoists the trophy as he lifted up in the air by his players after their 3-1 win over Georgetown East View in the Class 5A state championship game Saturday in Georgetown. (Thao Nguyen, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin coach Russell Shaw hoists the trophy as he lifted up in the air by his players after their 3-1 win over Georgetown East View in the Class 5A state championship game Saturday in Georgetown. (Thao Nguyen, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN -- The University Interscholastic League staff tried frantically to maintain some semblance of order on the Lufkin sideline.

It was a lost cause. The Panthers had just accomplished something no East Texas school had done before: a state soccer championship.

Omar Zamarripa scored two goals and set up another in Lufkin's 3-1 win over previously unbeaten Georgetown East View in the Class 5A state title game Saturday afternoon at Birkelbach Field.

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Lufkin Smothers Tomball Memorial, 1-0, To Advance To Saturday’s Class 5A State Title Game

Lufkin's Chris Marquez (14) celebrates his first goal of the season with teammates (from left) Jake Williams, Kacy Bennett, and Javier Patlan during the Panthers' 1-0 win over Tomball Memorial in their Class 5A state semifinal Thursday in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin's Chris Marquez (14) celebrates his first goal of the season with teammates (from left) Jake Williams, Kacy Bennett, and Javier Patlan during the Panthers' 1-0 win over Tomball Memorial in their Class 5A state semifinal Thursday in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN -- Lufkin entered its Class 5A state semifinal having scored 64 goals on the season, none of them belonging to senior defender Chris Marquez.

That all changed Thursday night.

Marquez scored with six seconds remaining in the opening half, and the Lufkin defense made stop after stop in a 1-0 shutout of Tomball Memorial at Birkelbach Field.

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Liberty Hill Gets Two Overtime Goals To Eliminate Center, 2-1, In Class 4A State Semifinals

Center's Isidro Lopez (8), Brandon Almazan (22), and Armando Escobedo (3) react after the Roughriders' 2-1 overtime loss to Liberty Hill in their Class 4A state semifinal Wednesday night in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Center's Isidro Lopez (8), Brandon Almazan (22), and Armando Escobedo (3) react after the Roughriders' 2-1 overtime loss to Liberty Hill in their Class 4A state semifinal Wednesday night in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN -- The Center Roughriders advanced to the first UIL state soccer tournament in program history this season, and did so having to overcome a few close calls along the way.

They finally met their match Wednesday night, as Liberty Hill scored two overtime goals to defeat Center, 2-1, in their Class 4A semifinal at Birkelbach Field.

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San Elizario Too Much For Kilgore + End Bulldogs’ Season With 5-1 Rout In Semifinals

Kilgore's Colin Nutt (15) hugs teammate Juan Silva following the Bulldogs' 5-1 loss to San Elizario in their Class 4A state semifinal Wednesday in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore's Colin Nutt (15) hugs teammate Juan Silva following the Bulldogs' 5-1 loss to San Elizario in their Class 4A state semifinal Wednesday in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN -- The Kilgore Bulldogs were already facing an uphill battle, down two goals at halftime in their Class 4A state semifinal.

And San Elizario's Edwin Marquez provided his own personal roadblock to the top of the mountain with three second-half goals in the Eagles' 5-1 rout of Kilgore, Wednesday evening at Birkelbach Field.

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Previously Unbeaten Jasper Drops State Semifinal In Heartbreaking Fashion, 4-3

Jasper goalie Yvette Carter (13) reacts after her team's 4-3 loss to Princeton in their Class 4A state soccer semifinal Wednesday in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Jasper goalie Yvette Carter (13) reacts after her team's 4-3 loss to Princeton in their Class 4A state soccer semifinal Wednesday in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN -- Jasper coach Gabriela Carter tried her best to console sophomore goalkeeper Yvette Carter following the Lady Bulldogs' first loss of the season.

It wasn't just another loss.

Princeton scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation to knock off top-ranked and previously unbeaten Jasper, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon in a Class 4A girls state semifinal at Birkelbach Field.

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UIL State Soccer Tournament: Matchups + Schedule

(Georgetown ISD)
(Georgetown ISD)

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

  • Class 4A girls semifinal: Boerne (23-3) vs. Kennedale (22-2-1), 11 a.m.
  • Class 4A girls semifinal: JASPER (26-0) vs. Princeton (21-4-2), 1:30 p.m.
  • Class 4A boys sem

Kilgore Starts Fast, Holds On Late To Defeat Wilmer-Hutchins + Advances To State Tournament

Kilgore's Christian Galvan (2) shoots and scores during the Bulldogs' 2-1 win over Wilmer-Hutchins in their Class 4A Region II championship game Saturday in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore's Christian Galvan (2) shoots and scores during the Bulldogs' 2-1 win over Wilmer-Hutchins in their Class 4A Region II championship game Saturday in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

TYLER -- For the first 20 minutes of Saturday afternoon's regional championship game, it looked for all the world that Kilgore would have little resistance on its way to a berth at the UIL state soccer tournament.

The Bulldogs had a fight on their hands, despite grabbing an early two-goal lead and playing the majority of the second half with a man advantage.

It was a fight Kilgore ultimately won, 2-1, over Wilmer-Hutchins on a sun-splashed day at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

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East Texas Soccer Playoffs: Saturday’s Regional Final Results

Lufkin's Omar Zamarripa shoots and scores during the Panthers' 3-1 win over Longview in their Class 5A bi-district playoff March 26 in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin's Omar Zamarripa shoots and scores during the Panthers' 3-1 win over Longview in their Class 5A bi-district playoff March 26 in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

The following is a list of Saturday's regional final soccer results involving East Texas teams.

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East Texas Soccer Playoffs: Friday’s Regional Semifinal Results

Lufkin coach Russell Shaw looks on during his team's 3-1 bi-district playoff win over Longview on March 26 in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin coach Russell Shaw looks on during his team's 3-1 bi-district playoff win over Longview on March 26 in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

The following is a list of Friday's regional semifinal soccer results involving East Texas teams.

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Wilmer-Hutchins Ends Pittsburg’s Run With 2-1 Regional Semifinal Victory

Pittsburg's Eric Cisneros (right) goes up for a header during the Pirates' 2-1 loss to Wilmer-Hutchins in their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Pittsburg's Eric Cisneros (right) goes up for a header during the Pirates' 2-1 loss to Wilmer-Hutchins in their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

TYLER -- There was not much separation between Pittsburg and Wilmer-Hutchins, but a critical mistake by Pittsburg late in the opening half proved to be the difference.

A foul inside the box allowed Wilmer-Hutchins to attempt and subsequently make a penalty kick minutes before halftime in the Eagles' 2-1 win over Pittsburg in their Class 4A Region II semifinal Friday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

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