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January 21, 2014

Tribe soccer wins Palestine Tournament; Melchor scores 5 goals

PALESTINE —

Martin Melchor booted in five goals in as many matches to help spur Jacksonville to a 4-0-1 record in the Palestine Tournament last weekend.

The Randy Hammontree-coached Indians (4-1-1) were able to earn the tourney championship as a result.

Jacksonville coasted past Athens, 6-1, and shut out both Corsicana (4-0) and Center (3-0) before battling Chapel Hill to a 2-2 draw.

In the championship game Saturday, it was all Jacksonville as the Indians walloped Whitehouse, 2-0.

Other offensive leaders for the Tribe were Alberto Escareno and Pedro Mireles, who each punched in three goals.

Levi Santana and Alex Sandoval had a pair of scores for Jacksonville while Ryan Travis and Allan Lopez drilled through one goal apiece.

Hammontree said that the defensive standouts for his team were, Joel Luna, Luis Tavera, Cruz Rocha and Ruben Lara.

The Tribe's goal keepers also had a bid weekend on the pitch, with Jorge Arredondo picking up two shutouts and Octavio Torres earning one shutout victory.

Palestine blanked Corsicana, 4-0, in the third-place match.

Jacksonville will take part in the Lufkin Tournament (Thur.-Sat.) this week.

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