Unbeaten Palestine boys advance to state title game

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KETK) - The Palestine boys soccer team is a win away from making history.

Not only would the Wildcats claim their second state championship in the last three years, but they would become first 4A team to win it all in Texas with an unblemished record.

Palestine (35-0-0) defeated Progreso 2-1 Wednesday in the boys 4A state semis to punch its ticket to the final.  The Cats will take on San Elizario (21-5-0) from the El Paso area Friday at 2:30pm for the crown.

After a scoreless first half, Javier Leonor blasted a left-footed cannon into the Red Ants net to put Palestine in front 1-0 with 32:29 left to play.

The Wildcats would add some insurance ten minutes later.

Off a Paul Jenkins throw in, a Progreso defender tried to head the ball out of bounds.  However, the goalie had to deflect it to keep it from going in the goal.  But did so to Palestine's Daniel Sanchez who used an easy header to knock it home.

The Red Ants, who were making their third consecutive state tournament appearance scored late.  But Palestine held on for the victory.

Watch the video to see the highlights and to hear from a victorious Wildcats coach John Absalom.

Palestine's team and community is also rallying and playing behind senior Paul Jenkins who lost his father Keith Jenkins in February.

The Wildcats are wearing black armbands with KJ on them in his honor as well as breaking out to KJ on the pitch.

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