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April 4, 2014

Class 4A Boys Soccer Sectional: Tribe to grapple with formidable Ranger squad


Granted Jacksonville hasn't really been tested in post season play, but all of that could change at 6:30 p.m. this evening when the Fightin' Indians and Bryan Rudder's Rangers meet in a Class 4A, Region III, Sectional match to determine who will advance into the regional quarterfinals next week.

The skirmish will take place at Wildcat Stadium on the campus of Palestine High School.

The Tribe (19-6-3), the District 35-4A runner-up, breezed past Brenham, 5-0, in bi-district and bombed Salado, 7-1, in an Area match that was played on Friday night in Jacksonville.

Rudder, who is making its second playoff appearance in the brief four-year history of the program, won the District 36-4A championship and should provide the Tribe a much more strenuous test tonight.

The Rangers dispatched Center, 3-1,in bi-district play and shut out Waco High, 1-0, in Area action last Friday evening.

Rudder is led by its senior-captains, Eleazar Hernandez and Daniel Mosqueda, who have supplied the Rangers with plenty of offense this spring.

Freshman Adan Guerrero is also a threat to slip the ball into the net at any time.

Junior Diego DeHoyos appears to be the straw that stirs the Rangers' offensive drink, as DeHoyos is the team's distributor from the middle.

Jacksonville is led by senior forward Martin Melchor, a Coastal Carolina University (NCAA, Division I) signee, who holds the all-time career scoring record at Jacksonville.

Other offensive threats for the Tribe include Alberto Escareno, Jon Perez, Levi Santana and Pedro Mireless.

Jorge Arrendondo is expected to start in goal for the Tribe.

On a side note, should Jacksonville win this evening, it will be head coach Randy Hammontree's 100th- career win while leading the Tribe program. Hammontree is in his sixth season at the helm.

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