The Madisonville Lady Mustangs soccer team fell to Gatesville by a score of 4-0 in Mexia on Friday to conclude what has been the program’s most successful season to date.
“It is always hard after a game because emotions are always at their highest,” said Coach Travis Rasbeary. “I told the team that with us being the winningest team in our history, as well as winning a preseason tournament, we are slowly pushing the program in the right direction and that does not happen overnight. We have to use this experience and the bad taste in our mouths as motivation to strive to be better next year.”
The Lady Mustangs found themselves on the wrong end of a number of controversial calls throughout the match and also connected with the crossbar on four of their shot attempts to ensure the shutout loss.
“The ball just did not bounce in our direction,” said Rasbeary. “I think we did quite well offensively, but when we realized that the calls were not going our way and we felt the deck stack against us we had a hard time digging ourselves out of the hole we dug.”
The Lady Mustangs finished second in their district this season with a record of 4-2. Both losses came to Palestine. They emerged victorious from the Yoeman Invitational tournament at Cameron Yoe in January and finished in second place at the Cleveland Invitational later that month. Even with the recent loss, Rasbeary is mindful of the strides made in 2019.
“As a coach, you cannot help but compare yourself to other programs in past seasons,” said Rasbeary. “I honestly believe that the program is heading in the right direction.”
Madisonville will now bid farewell to senior leaders Estrella Quintero Ramirez, Annie Chrane, Samantha Vazquez, Erika Lopez and Kassandra Hernandez. But they will also welcome back a number of younger players. This includes Lakin Pennington, who led the team in scoring in her freshman season.
“Losing those senior will definitely affect us,” said Rasbeary. “But we are ultimately bringing back a very experienced junior class as seniors. This year’s sophomores and freshmen definitely made their impact on the season and I am excited to see where they are at next year.”
With the victory, Gatesville advanced to the Area Playoff round to take on Henderson on Monday. The winner of that matchup will face either Lumberton or China Springs in the Regional Quarterfinals.