Palestine High School boys' soccer players Riley Harper and Luis Rangel are proving to be an effective scoring tandem.
Harper and Rangel scored, and each had an assist as the Wildcats downed Conference 5A Lindale 3-1 in non-district action on Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium.
“We've developed a good chemistry with Riley up high, and Rangel coming from the left edge,” said Palestine head coach John Absalom. “We've been able to score on some give-and-gos.”
Palestine improved to 14-0-2 heading into a challenging non-district game on Friday at Mount Pleasant (9-2), ranked No. 9 in Conference 5A by MaxPreps. The Wildcats are No. 1 in 4A, according to this same polling service.
Lindale tried with might to keep up with Palestine early; however, the Wildcats were able to find enough space to make some plays.
Abrahan Nunez netted the Wildcats' first goal on a feed from Harper in the 26th minute. Eight minutes later, it was Harper's turn to score — Rangel credited with an assist.
Rangel pushed the Palestine lead to 3-0 in the 64th minute off a cross from Jonathan Sanchez.
Palestine goalkeeper Christian Hutchinson was unable to secure clean sheet No. 50 as Lindale scored in the 70th minute.
Still, Palestine controlled the game in all the major statistical categories. The Wildcats had a 6-2 edge in corner kicks and a 28-6 edge in shots. Eight of Palestine's shots were considered “on frame.”
Absalom also praised Arturo Nieto and Alexis Mendoza for playing well, filling in for some injured Wildcats.
Palestine JV “A”
Luis Castillo netted two goals and Yerry Ayala also scored as the Palestine junior varsity “A” team shut out Lindale, 3-0, on Tuesday evening.
Michael Chaidez, Diego Farias and Ian Oliva all were credited with assists, and Jesus Vigil earned another clean sheet for Palestine (10-1-1).
ATHENS — Lesley Chavez scored her second goal of the season, and that proved to be the difference as Palestine blanked Athens 1-0 on Tuesday at Bruce Field.
Judith Casas recorded her third clean sheet overall.
Isabel Garcia assisted on Chavez's goal, which took place early in the second half.
In the junior varsity match, Palestine smothered Athens 7-0 as Vanessa Diaz, Ally Sanchez, Lorette Tchitoko and Jocelyn Segovia all booted home unassisted goals. Lauren Rocha, Genesis Giron and Izabel Simien also scored for the LadyCats in the rout.
Palestine (5-5-5) continues its road swing on Friday at Henderson. The junior varsity match is set for 5:30 p.m. at Lion Stadium, with varsity to follow.
Crandall visited Westwood on Tuesday and earned a 7-0 victory over the host Lady Panthers. Westwood dropped to 0-6-1 on the season.
Westwood plays host to Diboll on Friday, with the first kick scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium.