COLLEGE STATION — After only recently celebrating its third birthday, the Madisonville Mustang soccer team is heading to the big dance.
The Mustangs downed the Center Roughriders 3-2 in overtime on Saturday to claim the regional title, and Coach Baltazar Reyes was obviously ecstatic.
He said it’s a great feeling to start out a program and have this kind of legacy.
“We put it all out on the field,” Reyes said. “I told the boys when we started this program, ‘Let’s go to state,’ and today I said let’s make that dream come true.”
With brisk north winds hitting the field, both teams found ways to use it to their advantage.
In the first half, play was mostly on the south side of the field, with Center on defense. At the 24:44 mark, David Parras, who would be carried off the field after getting injured in overtime, drew first blood with a score.
Luis Aceves would net the Mustangs’ second goal at the 25 minute mark in the second. However, Center, running with the wind, scored on a free kick at 21:11, then tied the game with two minutes left.
Using the wind again, Aceves scored in OT at 5:17, and then the defense stepped up to seal the win at 3-2.
Reyes said the wind was both a help and hindrance.
“We were up when we had the wind with us, and they tied us when it was with them,” he said. “It was with us in overtime, and we just held them scoreless. It was a big factor.”
Another factor for the team’s success, Reyes said, is the support it receives from the administration and the community.
“This is a dream come true,” he said. “Basically the whole team has been with me from the beginning, and this is awesome.”