Palestine was able to break a 2-2 tie and nip Jacksonville 3-2 in a District 35-4A match that was played at Tomato Bowl Friday evening.
Each team hung two tallies onto the scoreboard in the opening half before the Wildcats netted the game winner on a boot from about seven yards out that came with 7:38 to play in the match.
“Gosh, I really hate at the way things turned out for our kids,” Jacksonville head coach, Randy Hammontree said. “They worked hard, Palestine worked hard, too, and I hate that we lost on a one-one-one play where they (Palestine) beat our sweeper.
“That's the way it goes some times in a close match; sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. But I can tell you these guys will fight back; they will be ok.”
The Wildcats scored twice in the first 23 minutes of the opening half before Jacksonville got on the board with 12:29 showing on the clock.
That's when Martin Melchor deposited the ball into the net on a mid-range shot, with Levi Santana getting the assist.
Santana then scored from about 25 yards out, right side, with 5:24 to play in the half to tie the match up.
With 1:11 to go in the contest, Melchor booted a ball towards the goal mouth that ended up deflecting off the cross bar, just a tad high, which was the Indians' best chance at knotting things up late.
Jacksonville outshot Palestine 17-16 in the highly competitive match.
The Indians will return to the pitch Tuesday by entertaining Lufkin Hudson at 7 p.m.