Soccer starts season strong


David Moreno

Freshmen Jacob Contreras gets past his defender.

Ryan Cartwright , Staff Writer

Soccer season has started for the Kilgore Bulldogs. Tournament time is starting and the Dogs are off to great starts. Coach Wait and the boys are starting out their season with a record of 6-1-3. At the Palestine Tournament the boys got 1st place. The boys have also played in other tournaments such as the Pine Tree tournament.

“This season is going great, we have a great team that can do great things,” senior Izaiah Ramirez said. 

 The first game for the dogs was a 2-0 win against La Vega, the second game was a 1-0 win against Lindale in a tight game. With about 8 minutes left in the game Trey Epps scored the only goal of the game to give the boys the win.

On Friday the boys were back in Palestine. The day started off good with a 5-0 win against Mabank where the team was able to get everyone playing time. Angel Esparza and Alberto Gonzalez both scored twice, and freshmen Jacob Contreras scored once. On Thursday the 21st the boys were in Terrell for another tournament. They went 2-0 with scores of 1-0 against Sulphur Springs and 2–0 against Sunnyvale. 

“What I look forward to most this season is us improving as a team and making as many memories as I can with my girls,” senior Maria Whitaker said.

The girls JV team has started out the season with a 3-6 record and the varsity squad began the season with a 4-4-1 record. The Lady Bulldogs were in Forney this past weekend. JV tied to Wylie 2-2 with Estrella Galvan and Emma Taylor each scoring for the dogs. They lost the second game to Horn 3-0 with Horn scoring 3 goals late in the game. 

“The season has been a rough one. Earlier on we had 7 starters out for one thing or another, but it gave the young ones a lot of playing time to get better,” Coach Todd Bondurant said.

To begin the season the team has had several players out which allowed some younger players to come up and get some playing time and experience at the varsity level. So far this season the toughest matchup for them was Tyler Legacy who they beat 2-1 in their tournament. On Thursday the 21st the girls lost to Hallsville 2-1. Their next game is Friday the 22nd against Lindale, and then they play Mabank on Saturday the 23rd.