Lady Mustangs honor seniors

Posted 3/27/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs soccer team celebrated the careers of their five seniors last Tuesday before they dropped their final district matchup of the season at MHS to Palestine by a score of 10-0.

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Lady Mustangs honor seniors

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs soccer team celebrated the careers of their five seniors last Tuesday before they dropped their final district matchup of the season at MHS to Palestine by a score of 10-0.

The Lady Mustangs concluded their regular season with a 4-2 record in district play, good for second place behind Palestine (6-0). They finished ahead of Crockett and Westwood. Madisonville’s two district losses both came at the hands of Palestine.

“(Palestine) is a really good team and won district for both boys and girls,” said Coach Travis Rasbeary. “It can be very disheartening not to get the result you wanted right before the playoffs start. But the most important thing is to keep moving forward and look towards the next matchup.”

Madisonville fell to Palestine on the road by the same score on Feb. 26. This was the most difficult team on their schedule, but Rasbeary is confident heading into the postseason because of what his team has accomplished against teams they had never seen in coming in.

“The players knew coming into the last game of district that it was going to be a very difficult thing,” said Rasbeary. “I think our younger players this year have done a good job in meeting up with opponents that we do not regularly see and have played quite well. We just need to do what we did during the Cleveland and Cameron tournaments.”

The Lady Mustangs have a healthy mix of contributing newcomers as well as experienced leaders as they prepare for their postseason slate. The seniors honored before the season finale against Palestine were Estrella Quintero Ramirez, Annie Chrane, Samantha Vazquez, Erika Lopez and Kassandra Hernandez. The players were introduced during halftime of the junior varsity game on the field along with their families.

“It was definitely a saddening thing to see,” said Rasbeary. “I have coached these girls for two years now and feel like I have grown closer to them.”

Madisonville will begin their postseason aspirations with a matchup against Gatesville in the Bi-District round on Friday. The team has had 10 days to prepare for the do-or-die showdown.

“My main concern is getting our defense a little more sound,” said Rasbeary. “We are going to have to do a little better clearing the ball and playing it out of pressure in order to be successful.”

The Lady Mustangs will compete in the early game of a Friday triple header against Gatesville in Mexia. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

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