By MICHAEL S. ADAMS
H-P Sports Writer
It took Lindale 15 minutes into Friday’s game to get started, but the Eagles speed proved to be too much for Palestine as the Wildcats fell 5-0 at Wildcat Stadium.
Palestine took control at the opening kickoff and kept the ball on Lindale’s half of the field for the first 15 minutes and missed three shots on goal including a header from Abraham Chapa off a corner kick from Sammy Vargas in the third minute of the game.
After that opportunity, Lindale turned on its speed and took control of the rest of the half.
“Their speed gave us fits all night,” head coach John Absalom said. “We don’t have any team speed and have to play smart, keep our footing and limit our mistakes.”
Lindale’s Noah Shipman had a breakaway attempt saved by Palestine goalkeeper Prici Zavala in the 15th minute.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard in the 25th minute when Leighton Kennedy scored his first of four goals, putting a shot in the right bottom corner of the goal from the center of the goal box on a pass from Shipman. Kennedy scored again in the 38th minute from the right of the field to take a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Zavala had two saves on 10 Lindale shots on the goal, while Lindale’s Luis Lopez blocked all three of Palestine’s shots on goal.
“We need to get someone to step up and be a goal scorer,” Absalom said. “We had the opportunity there early, but just couldn’t get the ball in the net.”
Lindale dominated the second half against a worn-down Wildcat team. Richard Kile scored a goal in the 49th minute to put Lindale up 3-0.
Kennedy scored two goals back to seal his hat trick in the 55th and 67th minutes to put the game at 5-0.
Palestine had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute, when Lindale was called for a penalty in the goal box. Victor Ruiz’s penalty shot went wide right of the goal sealing the Lindale shutout.
“The positive in this is we didn’t quit,” Absalom said. “Antonio DeSantiago played really well and we are just going to have to keep working hard.”
Zavala had five saves and Palestine had nine corner kicks to Lindale’s five.
The Wildcats will have a tough task Tuesday when they travel to district favorite Athens. The junior varsity game is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at Bruce Field.
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By MICHAEL S. ADAMS