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Kilgore beats Bridgeport on penalty kicks for 4A boys soccer title

After losing a state semifinal match in each of the previous two seasons, Kilgore claimed a state championship Friday at the UIL soccer tournament.

Kilgore converted all four of its penalty kicks, and goalkeeper Kaleb Jett recorded two shootout saves for the Bulldogs, who topped Bridgeport for the Class 4A boys title. Kilgore finished with a 4-2 edge in penalty kicks after the teams failed to break a 2-2 tie during two overtime periods.

An eventful first half saw both teams score goals back-to-back in brief bursts.

Kilgore (21-5-2) jumped ahead in the ninth minute when Wanya McIntyre headed home a 30-yard cross from Jovany Gonzales. The Bulldogs scored again four minutes later when Elian Torres powered a right-footed shot past Bridgeport goalie Andrew Stotts.

Instead of crumbling, Bridgeport (19-4-5) rallied. In the 26th minute, Efrain DeLuna picked up the ball at midfield and sped toward the goal. A Bulldogs defender tripped DeLuna inside the box, and Miguel Olmos calmly slotted home the resulting penalty kick. Three minutes later, Bridgeport’s Juan Amador fired a shot from the top of the box that beat Jett to tie the match.

Class 6A boys semifinals

Arlington Houston 2, Pasadena Dobie 1: Nate Kopetsky scored the winning goal in the 77th minute as Arlington Houston beat Pasadena Dobie on Friday. The sophomore midfielder beat the Dobie goalie from 6 yards after a perfect pass from teammate Luis Vargas.

Midfielder Edwin Saldivar scored the lone goal for Dobie (20-3-4) with a first-half penalty kick. Raul Hernandez drew the foul after stealing the ball in Houston’s box, and Saldivar calmly beat the keeper from the spot in the 32nd minute.

The Texans earned their own penalty in the 56th minute. Jason Ramirez was tackled after a quick burst into the box, and Sergio Martinez sent the Longhorns keeper the wrong way to level the match.

Houston (22-2-2) advanced to Saturday’s Class 6A boys state title match and will play Dallas Jesuit in the final.

Dallas Jesuit 0, La Joya Juarez-Lincoln 0 (Jesuit wins shootout, 4-2): Dallas Jesuit triumphed in a penalty shootout to advance to the Class 6A boys state championship match. Israel Ollazarbal converted the winning penalty to give the Rangers (21-3-1) the victory.

Neither team could find the net in the defensive stalemate. Jesuit (21-3-1) appeared to play for penalties from the start. The Rangers managed just four shots in regulation while keeping most of their players in the defensive third of the field. Jesuit goalkeeper Luke Ostrander made nine saves, including one in the shootout, which ended with the Rangers holding a 4-2 edge.

La Joya Juarez-Lincoln (30-4-1) took 26 total shots, but couldn’t unlock the Rangers’ defense on a frustrating night for its attackers.


Class 5A boys semifinals

Frisco Wakeland 6, Wichita Falls 0:Midfielder Jacob Miller scored two goals to help Frisco Wakeland rout Wichita Falls.

Miller started the scoring onslaught with a third-minute header off of Simeon Salazar’s corner kick, and Alex Wing doubled the Wolverines’ lead 20 minutes later. An own goal by Wichita Falls defender Aaron Valdez gave Frisco Wakeland a 3-0 halftime advantage.

Wichita Falls (16-3-6) had no better luck after the break. Cody Sedatole added his name to the score sheet in the 51st minute, and Miller scored a minute later with a powerful strike from the left corner of the 18-yard box. Theo Martey’s 64th-minute goal provided the final tally for Wakeland, which totaled 19 shots.

Wolverines goalkeeper Brady Smith made four saves in the shutout.

Wakeland (21-4-1) will face Waller on Saturday for the Class 5A boys state title.

Waller 4, Brownsville Lopez 0:Waller scored three goals in the opening half and went on to defeat Brownsville Lopez in a physical match.

The Lobos (16-4-1) committed 15 fouls and saw four players booked, and Waller had 14 fouls and three yellow cards.

David Jara broke the deadlock in the 10th minute with a curling free kick from 20 yards out that squeezed through the hands of Lobos goalkeeper Andrew Flores. Late in the half, Eric Oregon assisted on two headed goals in three minutes — the first by Ricardo Castillo, the second by Ricardo Lopez — to give the Bulldogs a commanding halftime lead.

Lopez capped the scoring with his second goal of the match, a low and powerful drive from 25 yards that sneaked past Flores.

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