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

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 that Houston Washington will take Wheatley’s place as Region III’s representative at the state tournament in Georgetown for a 4 p.m. kick with Kilgore.

The news came after the Houston Chronicle’s Corey Roepken broke a story that Wheatley forfeited its 6-2 win Saturday against Washington in the Region III championship game. Wheatley self-reported it used an ineligible player in the game after finding the error during a routine eligibility check in preparation for the state tournament.

Washington, which finished as the runner up to Wheatley in District 21-4A, is making its first state tournament appearance in school history.

Kilgore is in the state tournament setting for the third consecutive season and is looking for its first semifinal win in the span.

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