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Adan Hernandez scored midway through the first half, and the Lufkin Panthers’ defense made that goal hold up on their way to a 1-0 win over the San Antonio O’Connor Panthers on the second day of the Kilt Cup at The Woodlands on Friday afternoon.

Miguel Rojo delivered a long throw-in into the box and Hernandez was there to finish off the opportunity in giving Lufkin its second win in as many days.

“We got that one goal and really had a lot of opportunities throughout,” Lufkin head coach David McPherson said. “You’ve got to give a lot of credit to O’Connor because they played good hard defense. But when you get that one, it kind of helps get you settled in.”


The Panthers also recorded their second straight shutout, although McPherson said Friday’s performance was even better than the one in the opener.

“It was definitely at a different level than what we played at (Friday),” McPherson said. “(Rojo) anchors us back there and he had a really good game that the rest of the guys followed.”

McPherson also credited the play of Jaime Acevedo in the midfield for the Panthers.

“He set the tone for the team from the opening whistle,” McPherson said. “He won every 50-50 ball and really dominated for us in the middle.”

Lufkin will go after a 3-0 start to the season when it finishes the Kilt Cup against A&M Consolidated Friday.

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Lady Panthers open season at home — The Lufkin Lady Panthers will open the season when they host the Kilgore Lady Bulldogs.

The JV game will start today at 11 a.m. with the varsity following at 1 p.m.

Both games will be played on John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium due to recent rains in the area.

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An inexperienced Lufkin Lady Panthers’ squad stood strong against the talented Kilgore Lady Bulldogs for 75 minutes of their season opener on John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately for Lufkin, a five-minute stretch was just a little too much to overcome as a late charge came up just short in a 2-1 setback.

Kilgore broke open a scoreless game with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half, and Lufkin’s furious comeback attempt came up short.


“We gave up a goal in the first minute of the second half, and I thought that really gave them a lot of confidence,” Lufkin head coach Antonio Encarnacion said. “After that, we settled down and played a lot better, but it’s tough to overcome that against good teams.”

Lufkin and Kilgore battled through a scoreless first half with both teams limiting the opponents’ scoring opportunities.

It took Kilgore only 30 seconds into the second half to find a goal as a long shot was deflected into the net off a Lufkin defender, putting the Lady Bulldogs on top 1-0.

That lead grew to 2-0 four minutes later when Cristina Rosas headed a ball into the back of the net.

Kilgore threatened to do even more damage with Lufkin’s goalkeeper Mia Lila doing her part to keep the Lady Panthers in the game. She turned away several good scoring chances from the Lady Panthers, giving them a chance for a late surge.

“She had two or three great saves that really kept us in the game,” Encarnacion said.

Lufkin nearly took advantage down the stretch. After Skyla Valdez had a shot saved by the keeper, Jasmine Rodriguez was there to put the deflection into the back of the net, trimming the margin to 2-1 with 10 minutes still remaining.

However, Kilgore was able to put the game away from there in improving to 1-0-1 on the year.

“We had a couple of good chances in the last 15 minutes,” Encarnacion said. “But against a team like this, you can’t afford to make as many mistakes as we did.”

Lufkin (0-1) will return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts the Hudson Lady Hornets.

Hudson opened the season with an 8-0 road win over Van on Friday night with Jocelyn Gonzalez scoring six goals.

Lufkin will also host the Lady Panther Invitational starting on Thursday

Josh Havard’s email address is josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.

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An offensive explosion capped a perfect weekend as the Lufkin Panthers’ soccer team rolled to a 5-3 win over the A&M Consolidated Tigers on the final day of the Kilt Cup in The Woodlands on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Lufkin finished off a 3-0 opening weekend against some tough competition from across the state.

“The Kilt Cup is a great venue and you’re going to face quality teams every time out,” Lufkin head coach David McPherson said. “I’m very proud of us going 3-0, but at this time of year, it’s all about getting guys in the right positions and getting better as a team. We’ve still got plenty we can work on.”


The Panthers got on the board first when Oscar Ibarra converted a penalty kick.

Lufkin eventually took a 2-1 lead into halftime with the second goal coming when Ibarra delivered a corner kick that was headed into the net by Miguel Rojo.

After the break, Ibarra continued to set up his teammates as he assisted on a Luis Flores goal that made the score 3-1.

A&M Consolidated pulled within a goal on a penalty kick with 30 minutes remaining before Lufkin scored back-to-back goals that put the game away.

Flores’ second goal came on a free kick, making it 4-2.

Lufkin the put the game away when Emmanuel Galarza scored off an Adan Hernandez kick that made it 5-2.

A last-minute A&M Consolidated goal made the final 5-3.

“We had so many opportunities out there and actually ended the game with 28 shots,” McPherson said. “We probably should have put up double-digit goals, and when that happens, the players tend to get frustrated. We settled down at the half and did a better job of putting the ball in the back of the net.”

McPherson said with a pair of tough tournaments coming up, there is still plenty of work ahead.

“3-0 in the first tournament is what every coach in the state is shooting for,” McPherson said. “It’s still just the first tournament of the year. We need to work on eliminating our mistakes because there is still plenty we need to clean up.”

Lufkin will open the Longview tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday against Sulphur Springs.

Josh Havard’s email address is josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.

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Varsity Boys Final

Pack defeats Tyler Lee Red Raiders at the final day of the Longview Lobo Tournament.

Pack is in the finals but will play Longview for the trophy next Thursday at the Pack Showcase.

Luis and Oscar scored


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Another classic matchup with the Longview Lobos led to another deadlock as the Lufkin Panthers battled to a 1-1 tie on the opening day of the Lufkin Panther Showcase on John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Lufkin answered the Lobos’ only score of the day less than a minute later as the teams took another draw just six days after battling to a 2-2 score in Longview.

“We want to play teams like Longview in non-district because they’re a high-quality team that’s going to make us better,” Lufkin head coach David McPherson said. “Today was another back and forth game with both teams having scoring chances.”


After the teams went into halftime in a 0-0 tie, it didn’t take long for both offenses to hit their stride.

Just two minutes into the second half, Longview got a breakaway and one touched the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Lufkin answered shortly after with Adan Hernandez dribbling down the field and getting a hard shot off the goal.

It deflected off the keeper’s hands to Jaime Acevedo, who was there to put the shot into the back of an empty net.

“Answering back that quickly on a score like that doesn’t let their goal stay in your head very long,” McPherson said. “We kept pushing, and you could see the guys out there giving great effort.”

Lufkin sophomore Brandon Flores and junior Jose Jamie shared time in the goal. Each keeper made nice saves that kept the game tied.

“When the ball gets back there and the defense makes a mistake or you’re going against a great offensive player, you’ve got to come up with big saves,” McPherson said. “Both guys got at least one of those for us today and they were big.”

McPherson said the coaches would decide on how to decide the tournament championship at some point this weekend.

Lufkin (5-0-2) will face Mount Pleasant at 4 p.m. today. In other games today, Tyler Lee plays Nacogdoches at 1 p.m., Longview meets College Park at 2:30 and Port Arthur Memorial faces Jacksonville at 5:30. Longview moved to 6-1-2 on the season with the tie.

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Lufkin Soccer Varsity Girls Final

Lady Pack defeats Texas High Lady Tigers at the Longview Lady Lobo Tournament


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Varsity Soccer Boys Final

Luis scored to help the Pack defeat Port Arthur Memorial Titans at the final day of Pack Showcase


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Boys Final Pack defeats North Mesquite Stallions

Adán scores the lone goal



JV Pack loses to North Mesquite Stallions LP0-6NM

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Varsity Finals against John Tyler (Lady) Lions

Girls won with the help of Idalia Hernandez and Skyla Valdez LP2-1JT

Boys won Luis scored a hat trick and Oscar scored LP4-0JT

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Someone mentioned to me at the basketball game Friday night that Lufkin ISD was thinking about moving Jase Mager''s Soccer field over to Morris Frank Park.  Not sure where he heard that rumor, but to me it make no sense what so ever.  The whole point to build the new complex projects on the LHS campus was to keep all the sports on campus together.  I mean, the field they have now is fantastic, if they need an upgrade, put artificial grass and they are set for a long long time.

Either someone has been given some misinformation OR maybe it is just a temporary situation until they get the new multi purpose Gym and new parking and road completed.  That may be the deal, but I certainly have heard nothing about any of it.

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District Standings:

16-5A Boys Soccer

John Tyler beat Jacksonville 3-1
Whitehouse beat Nacogdoches in a Shootout; 0-0- WH wins 4-2
Hallsville beat Pine Tree 5-0
Lufkin beat Marshall- 5-0
Lufkin 2-0  (They are 10-0-2 on the season.)
Whitehouse 2-0
Nacogdoches 1-1
Jacksonville 1-1
John Tyler 1-1
Hallsville 1-1
Marshall 0-1
Pine Tree 0-2

16-5A Girls Soccer

Game 2
Lufkin beat Marshall 10-0
Hallsville beat Pine Tree 3-1
Jacksonville beat John Tyler 4-2
Whitehouse Vs. Nacogdoches- NO REPORT

Lufkin 2-0
Hallsville 2-0
Whitehouse 1-0
Pine Tree 1-1
Jacksonville 1-1
Nacogdoches 0-1
Marshall 0-2
John Tyler 0-2

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Girls Final against Nacogdoches Lady Dragons to keep them undefeated in district play!

JV Alyssan Serrano scored the lone goal LP1-0ND


Varsity Idalia Hernandez, Itzy Constellanos,and Jasmine Rodriguez all scored LP3-0ND

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16-5A Girls Soccer

Game 4
Lufkin over Hallsville 1-0
Jacksonville over Nacogdoches 4-1
John Tyler beat Marshall 4-0
Pine Tree beat Whitehouse 1-0

Lufkin continues to lead the district with Jacksonville just one game behind.  After that....things get messy with 4 teams with 2 wins and a mixture of ties and losses.  Could be a photo finish to the playoffs

Lufkin (4-0) , (6-6-1)
Jacksonville (3-1) , (9-5-1)
Hallsville (2-1-1), (7-3-2)
Whitehouse (2-1-1), (3-7-1)
John Tyler (2-2), (3-7-2)
Pine Tree (2-2) , (5-5-1)
Marshall (0-4) ,  (5-7)
Nacogdoches (0-4) ,  (3-5-1) 

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6-5A Boys Soccer

Lufkin over Hallsville 4-2
John Tyler over Marshall 10-0
Jacksonville over Nacogdoches 2-1

As expected going into the season, LP is in first place, but the race for the district title is proving to be a good one with WH, Jacksonville, and JT hot on the trails of the Panthers.   After that, the competition seems to fall off a good bit has HT has a 1 game lead over 5th place Nac.

Lufkin (3-0-1) ,  (8-0-4)
Whitehouse (2-0-1) , (10-1-2)
Jacksonville (3-1) , (11-4-1)
John Tyler (3-1) , (7-10-0)
Nacogdoches (1-1-2), (12-4-4)
Hallsville (1-3) , (5-5)
Pine Tree (0-3), (2-5-5)
Marshall (0-4) , (1-9)

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Varsity final against Whitehouse Wildcats Girls Idalia Hernandez scored to tie the game but Lady Pack lost the PKs we get one point LP2-2WW


Boys Pack lost LP2-3WW

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16-5A Boys Soccer

Whitehouse beat Lufkin 3-2
JT beat Nac 4-1
PT beat Marshall 5-1
Jax beat Hallsville

Whitehouse rocked the district standings Friday night and took sole possession of first place with their win over Lufkin.  It was LP's first loss of the season, and it was a costly one as it dropped LP from first to fourth in the district standings.  Jacksonville and JT each have 4 wins and one loss while LP has 3 wins, a loss, and a tie.  Nac's strong season has fallen on hard times since district started.  Hallsville, PT, and Marshall are all struggling.

Whitehouse (4-0-1) , (12-1-2)
Jacksonville (4-1) , (12-4-1)
John Tyler (4-1) , (8-10-0)
Lufkin (3-1-1) ,  (8-1-4)
Nacogdoches (1-2-2), (12-5-4)
Hallsville (1-4) , (5-6)
Pine Tree (1-4), (3-6-5)
Marshall (0-5) , (1-10)
16-5A Girls Soccer

Game 5
Whitehouse beat Lufkin in a shootout 4-3 of a 2-2 tie
Pine Tree beat Marshall 3-0
Jacksonville beat Hallsville 4-2 in a shootout of a 1-1 tie
JT beat Nac

Like the WH Boys did, WH girls gave Lufkin their first district loss of the season in a shootout win.  LP remains in first place however.  Jacksonville continues to chase the Panthers in the standings.  JT and PT are clinging to the final playoff spots.  Hallsville and WH continue to hang tough in the race.

Lufkin (4-1-1) , (6-6-2)
Jacksonville (3-1-1) , (9-5-2)
John Tyler (3-2), (4-7-2)
Pine Tree (3-2) , (6-5-1)
Hallsville (3-1-2), (7-3-3)
Whitehouse (2-1-2), (3-7-2)
Marshall (0-5) ,  (5-8)
Nacogdoches (0-5) ,  (3-6-1) 

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Playing under a constant rain, the Lufkin Panthers Boys soccer were looking for any way to get back in the win column following their first loss of the season Friday night.

Thanks to Luis Flores and a dominating defensive performance, they found a way to get it done by picking up a 1-0 win over the Pine Tree Pirates on John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium Tuesday night.

Flores scored just before halftime and the Panthers made that hold up in improving to 12-1-3 on the season.

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