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2017 Boys Soccer Playoffs

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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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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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

East Texas Soccer Playoffs: UIL Regional Tournament Pairings

Palestine Humberto Mendoza attemps a shot pass, Kilgore's Jordi Contreras.
Kilgore's Jordi Contreras deflects a pass from Palestine's Humberto Mendoza durning their regional quarterfinal match Tuesday in Bullard.

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

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

Final

  • Kilgore 4, Carrollton Ranchview 3

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

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

Final

  • Houston Wheatley 6, Houston Washington 2

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

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

Final

  • Athens 6, Terrell 2

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

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

Final

  • Jasper 2, Little Cypress-Mauriceville 1

Kilgore Avenges State Semifinal Loss + Snaps Palestine’s 55-Game Unbeaten Streak

Kilgore Yonatan Contreras pushes the ball down field.
Kilgore forward Yonaton Contreras breaks free from Palestine's defense and nets a second-half goal for a 4-1 lead in the Bulldogs' regional quarterfinal victory Tuesday over the defending state champs.

BULLARD -- Yonatan Contreras and the rest of the Kilgore Bulldogs waited 51 weeks to get another shot at Palestine and came up huge in a rematch of the 2016 state semifinal round.

Contreras scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-2 Class 4A regional quarterfinal victory Tuesday at Bullard Brook Hill's Herrington Stadium. The win snapped a Wildcats' unbeaten streak that stretched back to Jan. 15, 2016, and it ensured a new state champion will be crowned next week in Georgetown.

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East Texas Soccer Playoffs: Tuesday’s Regional Quarterfinal Results

stevendepolo, Flickr
stevendepolo, Flickr

BOYS
CLASS 5A
Region II

  • Lucas Lovejoy 2, Mount Pleasant 1 (OT)

CLASS 4A
Region II

  • Kilgore 4, Palestine 2
  • Chapel Hill 2, Pittsburg 0

Region III

  • Center 3, East Chambers 1
  • Lufkin Hudson 2, Waco La Vega 1


GIRLS
CLASS 4A
Region II

  • Athens 4, Kilgore 4 (Athens advances, 3-1, on penalty kicks)
  • Palestine 2, Pleasant Grove 0

Region III

  • Jasper 4, Hamshire-Fannett 1

East Texas Soccer Playoffs: Boys Regional Quarterfinal Pairings

Palestine's Riley Harper looks for open field to receive a pass against Waskom on March 25 in Tyler.
Palestine's Riley Harper looks for open field to receive a pass against Waskom on March 25 in Tyler.

CLASS 5A
Region II

  • Mount Pleasant vs. Lucas Lovejoy, 7 p.m. Tuesday (April 4), Greenville HS

CLASS 4A
Region II

  • Kilgore vs. Palestine, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday (April 4), Bullard Brook Hill HS
  • Chapel Hill vs
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