Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 6, 2013

Fight'n Indian soccer squad seeking consistency on offense

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville took a 5-5 record into its final non-district match last night at John Tyler (results not available as of press time).

The Tribe have had an up and down season thus far.

After showing a lot of promise by taking a 5-1 win over Lindale in the season opener, Jacksonville went 0-3 in the Longview Tournament on Jan. 17-19.

But the Indians were not down long as they rebounded by winning the Pine Tree Tournament the following weekend.

In that tourney the Tribe claimed wins over Spring Hill (12-0), Pittsburg (2-0) and Pearland (3-2) before dousing district rival Palestine 3-2 in the championship game.

Since the Pine Tree Tournament the Indians have been struggling to score goals and have lost consecutive matches against Lufkin (4-1) and to Hallsville (3-1) in their most recent outing, which came last Friday.

Head coach Randy Hammontree said his biggest concern at this point is his team's inability to score on a consistent basis.

The jacksonville boys will have an open date on Friday and will ease into district play at 7 p.m. Tuesday be welcoming Nacogdoches to Tomato Bowl.

Other schools in Jacksonville's district are: Diboll, Palestine, Lufkin Hudson and Center.

The Indians are the defending district champions, but were smacked hard with graduation losses last spring.