Jacksonville Gets By Wildcats Soccer, 4-3 in Penalty Kicks After Teams Battle to 0-0 Tie
After the Wildcats’ soccer team and Jacksonville battled to a 0-0 tie during regulation and overtime Friday night (March 29) in Mineola, the Indians won a penalty kick shootout, 4-3 to advance from bi-district to Area competition. The game in regulation and overtime was a physical, defensive struggle. The Wildcats jammed up the Jacksonville offense all night long and frustrated the Indians by blocking so many of their shots. On the rare occasion when the Indians got off a real good shot on goal, Wildcats keeper Noe Ponce had the answer. Wildcats first year Coach Alexi Upton said he was very proud of this group. He said their attitude and behavior and ability have dramatically improved. The Wildcats only lose four seniors: Daniel Moreno, Alexis Escobedo, Andrew Escobar and Enrique Arellano. Coach Upton said most of the team will return and he predicted playoff wins would come the teams way. He said their future looks exciting and all this experience the team now. The Wildcats end the season with a record of 10-9-4 They ended district play 5-4-1 and were the district’s #3 seed.