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Tribe cruise past Lions in bi-district; Jaramillo earns 150th-career win

Mar. 26—Jacksonville Tribe soccer shutout Henderson, 4-0, in front of a large crowd at The Historic Tomato Bowl Tuesday night in a Class 4A, Region II bi-district match.

The Tribe (21-4-1) advance to the area round where they will match up against Athens later this week (details to be announced). Athens stopped Pleasant Grove, 3-2 in overtime, to earn the date against the Tribe.

Jacksonville needed just 78 seconds to get on the scoreboard. Sebastian Juarez converted the first shot of the match into a goal when he got open down the middle of the pitch and drilled the ball in from nine yards out.

The Tribe carried a 3-0 lead into the locker room at the break following goals by Karol Cardenas at the 9:46 mark and Cristian Castillo, which came with 6:16 to go in the first half.

Cardenas took control of a deflection and knocked it into the net from close range while Castillo's boot came from 18 yards out, from the right side.

The only score of the second half came on a Sebastian Juarez shot from the box that took place with 35:38 left in the contest.

"I don't think the score properly reflects how close the match really was," Jacksonville head boy's soccer coach Rudy Jaramillo said. "Henderson played a great match and they gave us what we needed to get ready for the next round of the playoffs."

As aggressive Lion team actually out shot Jacksonville, 28-26,

Gustavo Arellano, Jacksonville back-up goalkeeper, was forced to start due to Davy Smith being unable to play and Arellano didn't miss a beat.

Arellano recorded 12 saves in picking up the clean sheet victory.

"Gustavo came in during the Tyler High warm-up match Friday and got some valuable experience, so I felt like he was ready, but you are always a little bit nervous when you have to play without your number one keeper," Jaramillo said.

The night was one to remember for Jaramillo, as he recorded his 150th-career coaching victory in the high stakes match.

Following the match, the Tribe rewarded its mentor by dumping the water cooler over his head on the 46-degree evening.

Henderson ends it season with an 11-9-1 record.