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March 29, 2014

Jacksonville slams Salado, 7-1, in Area play

JACKSONVILLE —

After waiting out a two hour and fifteen minute weather delay prior to the start of the match, it took Jacksonville's Jon Perez just nine seconds to streak down the right sideline of the Tomato Bowl and find the back of the net.

Perez' boot was the first of a plethora of scores for the Indians as Jacksonville stunned Salado, 7-1, Friday night in a Class 4A, Region III Area match.

Jacksonville (19-6-3) advances to play either Bryan Rudder or Waco High at a date, location and time to be determined.

The Eagles, the District 34 champions, end the year with a record of 17-6-1.

The Tribe led 5-0 at halftime, getting a pair of scores from Martin Melchor and single tallies from Allan Lopez and Pedro Mireless.

The Tribe added a goal with 38:42 to lay in the second half when Levi Santana drilled the ball in from about 25 yards out from the left side.

The Eagles then scored what turned out to be their only point of the night with 26:32 left in the contest.

Jacksonville's final point was delivered by Ryan Travis on a penalty kick that took place with 9:38 showing on the clock.

Jorge Arredondo worked the nets for the Tribe and made six saves while giving up the Eagles' goal.

Oscar Lara played the final 11:49 in goal for Jacksonville and made three saves.

“The key was getting off to a fast start,” Jacksonville head coach, Randy Hammontree, said. “We knew Salado would get after it early on like they did in their (bi-district) win over Mexia and our kids knew that they had to make something happen fast.

“Also, I think after all that sitting around waiting on the weather to clear, they had a lot of energy built up and were ready to play.”

 

NOTE: This is a short version of the complete game story that will be forthcoming.

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