Kilgore blanks Houston Washington in Class 4A boys semifinal

Facing a Houston Washington team that learned only Tuesday that it would be playing at the UIL soccer championships, Kilgore scored three second-half goals to post a 4-0 victory Wednesday in a Class 4A boys state semifinal.

Kilgore (20-5-2) will face Bridgeport on Friday for the Class 4A title.

Kilgore had yet to score against Washington when Bulldogs senior defender David Garcia suffered a lower-leg injury that left him lying on the field, surrounding by medical staff, coaches and family members. The injury occurred after Washington goalie Carlos Cornejo dived to stop a cross into the box in the 23rd minute and rolled onto Garcia’s left leg.

Garcia’s leg was immobilized by an air cast and was taken on the field on a cart before departing from Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex in an ambulance.

Shortly after his departure from the field, Garcia’s teammates notched their first goal on a shot by sophomore Raul Cedillo. Kilgore added three second-half goals, including two by sophomore Elian Torres.

Washington (12-3) managed only two shots on goal in the loss. The Golden Eagles learned Tuesday that they had a berth in the Class 4A boys semifinals after Houston Wheatley had to forfeit its spot because of the use of an ineligible player in a regional tournament.

Bridgeport 2, Progreso 0:For the first time in school history, Bridgeport will play for a state title in boys soccer after the Bulls blanked Progreso in a Class 4A state semifinal.

In a hard-fought first half, Progreso (24-6-2) was on the brink of scoring several times, firing three shots on goal, while Bridgeport didn’t record a single shot on goal in the opening half.

Bridgeport’s first goal came in the 61st minute, when Miguel Olmos received a pass from Efrain DeLuna about 20 yards from the goal. Olmos dribbled to the right and fired a beautiful shot into the right corner of the net, above the outstretched arms of Progreso goalie Oziel Jaramillo. Nine minutes later, Bridgeport’s Juan Amador dribbled through the Progreso defense before tallying the second goal of the match.

While the Bulls were exhilarated by the outcome, Progreso’s players were distraught. A year ago, the Red Ants reached the Class 4A final before losing to Palestine in a shootout.

Class 4A girls semifinals

Stephenville 2, Athens 0:Gracie Bales, a freshman striker, scored one goal and assisted on a second as Stephenville (24-4) advanced to the Class 4A girls final.

Bales scored eight minutes into the match, heading a throw-in from teammate Ciara Johnston past Athens goalie Makayla Lewis. Then in the 69th minute, it was Bales who assisted Johnston on a goal, crossing a pass into the box that Johnston dove for and headed home.

While Stephenville piled up 16 shots — eight in each half — Athens (15-11-1) finished with two. Lewis made five saves in the loss.

Stephenville will face Boerne on Thursday for the Class 4A girls title

Boerne 2, Jasper 1:Senior forward Paige Marcell scored two goals, one in each half, to lead Boerne into a state final at the UIL soccer championships.

Both of Marcell’s goals were unassisted. The first one came 15 minutes into the game when she dribbled through the Jasper defense before unleashing a shot from inside the box. In the 52nd minute, the Greyhounds (21-4-1) had a free kick from about 40 yards away. The kick landed in the box and a scramble ensued. Somehow the ball found its way to Marcell, who gathered herself and delivered her second goal of the match.

Jasper (26-2), sliced the deficit in half seven minutes later. Senior midfielder Alivia Richardson fired a corner kick into the box, and junior forward Julie Carter headed the ball into the goal from about 10 yards away.

Carter’s goal was one of 17 shots on goal for Boerne, more than double the eight recorded by Boerne. Goalkeeper Kortni Langlinais recorded five saves for the Greyhounds.

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