Kilgore's Juan Silva goes for the ball during the Bulldogs' 3-0 regional quarterfinal win against Ennis on Tuesday in Forney. Kilgore lost 1-0 to Mesquite Poteet in Saturday's Class 4A Region II final in Carrollton. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
CARROLLTON -- Kilgore's defense kept its Class 4A Region II boys soccer tournament foes scoreless for almost 147 minutes, but Mesquite Poteet broke through when it counted most.
Kilgore's Jose Rico handles the ball during the Bulldogs' 3-0 win against Ennis in Forney on Tuesday. Rico scored Kilgore's lone goal in Friday's regional semifinal win against Frisco Wakeland in Carrollton. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
CARROLLTON -- Kilgore gained an early lead and rode its veteran goalkeeper to the state quarterfinals.
Pine Tree's Lily Cabrera (4) shoots past Pleasant Grove's Ashlyn Hurst (20) during PT's 4-1 Class 4A Region II area playoff win last week at Pine Tree Stadium. Cabrera scored a goal in Tuesday's 3-2 regional quarterfinal loss to Waxahachie in Palestine. (© Christopher R. Vinn/www.etsn.fm)
PALESTINE -- For more than 61 minutes, Pine Tree handled two opponents aiming to knock the Lady Pirates from the Class 4A soccer playoffs: Waxahachie and the wind.
Kilgore's Cristian Garcia (7) controls the ball during the Bulldogs' 3-0 win over Ennis on April 9 in their Class 4A Region II quarterfinal in Forney. (© Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
FORNEY -- Kilgore lived on the edge in last week's sectional-round win over John Tyler. The Bulldogs opted for a different plan of action in Tuesday night's Class 4A Region II quarterfinal.
Lindale's Josue Arroyo (right) defends Pine Tree's ***** during Lindale's 0-0 (3-1) shootout victory Friday in Lindale. The Eagles play North Dallas at 8 p.m. Tuesday in a Class 4A Region II quarterfinal in Forney. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Four East Texas teams remain alive in the UIL soccer playoffs: three boys squads and one girls squad.
Lindale's Riley Alvey (18) and Pine Tree's Juan Paz (8) fight for the ball during Lindale's shootout victory in a Class 4A Region II sectional playoff at Eagle Stadium in Lindale on April 5. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
LINDALE -- Two teams that are no strangers to overtime needed 100 minutes of soccer and a shootout Friday to decide their Class 4A Region II boys sectional playoff.
Pine Tree's Ana Solis (right) and Emily Shelton celebrate after Solis scored her first of two goals in PT's 2-1 Class 4A Region II sectional playoff vs. Whitehouse on Friday in Lindale. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
LINDALE -- Thanks to a two-goal second half from a junior, Pine Tree's girls soccer team will play a familiar foe in next week's Class 4A Region II quarterfinals.
Kilgore's Trevor Garrett chases down the ball during the Bulldogs' 3-0 win over Athens in their Class 4A Region II bi-district playoff Monday night in Whitehouse. (© Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
LONGVIEW -- Coming into the season, Kilgore boys soccer coach Aaron Erickson was concerned about how quick his young team would come together.
Pine Tree's Amanda Wallin (10) dribbles by Pleasant Grove's Alex Smith (16) during PT's 4-1 Class 4A Region II area playoff win March 28 at Pine Tree Stadium. (© Christopher R. Vinn/www.etsn.fm)
Here are playoff pairings for the Class 5A area and Class 4A sectional rounds.
Mount Pleasant and Mabank players fight over the ball in Mabank's 4-0 Class 4A Region II area soccer playoff victory Thursday at Pine Tree Stadium in Longview. (© Christopher R. Vinn/www.etsn.fm)
LONGVIEW -- Defending Class 4A Region II champion Mount Pleasant went 24 matches without losing until Thursday against Pine Tree.