4A Girls Soccer: Kilgore overtakes Bullard, 2-1 | Sports
Freshman Reese Burgess scored twice in the first half, and the Kilgore Lady Bulldogs held off the Bullard Lady Panthers for a 2-1 win in the Zone Round of the Class 4A Women’s Football Playoff on Tuesday night at Tyler Legacy High School.
“We are heavy freshmen,” said Kilgore women’s football head coach Todd Bondurant. “We are mostly freshmen with a senior starter. We just went out and played. We’ve been talking all week about how we’re going to have to play above our level.
“It was a long time coming. Nobody chose us. We had to pull ourselves out of a hole in the district. We were in fifth place, tied for second and took third before the playoffs. We are doing well and we have improved with every game. This game, right here, was the best game we’ve put together.
It was a rematch of the 2021 Zone Round when Bullard picked up a 1-0 win over Kilgore at Whitehouse.
This time around, the Lady Bulldogs took an early lead and the Lady Panthers made a late charge before time ran out.
“We wanted to be against the wind for the first half just because we’ve been in that situation before and it actually helped the attack when you’re against the wind,” the girls’ head coach said. Bullard, Tiffany Cooksey. We didn’t have that. They did, and unfortunately they beat us to it, and we couldn’t get out of it. We’ve never had to come back from two goals all year. It was quite a challenge. »
Burgess’ first goal came with 26:41 left in the first half. Laramie Cox kicked in a corner and Phenix Rivers knocked the ball over to Burgess, who sent it past the keeper for the 1-0 lead.
With 12:45 to go in the half, Rivers found Burgess for the 2-0 lead.
“It was very big,” Burgess said. “We have worked very hard to get here. It was a very big victory for us. There was a lot of pressure at the start, but we fought. »
The lead remained at 2-0 until 29:56 remained. Jaylynn Wildt won a ball through midfield and found second-year student Addy Cummings who scored the only goal in last year’s encounter. Cummings put the ball in the hands of the keeper to make it 2-1.
Bullard continued to pressure Kilgore, especially in the final minutes. With 32 seconds left, Cummings fired a shot from the right side that hit the right post. The Lady Panthers had one more chance, but the time finally reached 0:00.
“It got really scary at the end,” BonDurant said. “We wanted them to clean it, and we just couldn’t clean it.”
It was the last high school game for Bullard seniors Emily Clark, Carley Pawlak, Jaden Jeter, Hannah Benson, Milley Bryan, Wildt and Jillian Alderete.
“This group was especially special because they were part of the first group to start a football program here at Bullard,” Cooksey said. “They were on that first team in freshman year, and when I came in they were in sophomore year. I was able to grow with them for three whole seasons, and they were definitely great leaders for the team.
Kilgore advances to face Spring Hill, winner 3-2 against Pleasant Grove. BonDurant is a former Spring Hill coach.