The Lady Mustangs split a pair of matchups over the week with a 5-1 victory over Westwood on Friday and a 1-0 loss at home to Liberty on Monday.
The team continues their hot start to the pre-district season under Coach Travis Rasbeary thanks in large part to the addition of Freshman Lakin Pennington, who transferred to MHS in October. She has been a force for the Lady Mustangs and has already found the back of the net 27 times this season.
“Usually with move-ins it is a bit of a gamble because you have no idea what you are getting,” said Rasbeary. “But she has definitely been a huge addition to our team. What she has been able to do is a crazy accomplishment no matter what grade you are in.”
It was Pennington’s five goals that led the Lady Mustangs in Westwood on Friday. She was assisted twice by both Brinna Sims and Mariela Garcia before Jeimy Martinez set up her final goal of the night.
On Monday night, the Lady Mustangs returned home for the first time in nearly three weeks. They got down 1-0 early in the first half and could not capitalize on any of their opportunities down the stretch.
Late in the opening half, Pennington got a good look and missed tying the game by inches when her shot banged off the right goalpost. She also appeared to have a chance for a breakaway in the second half, but the play was blown dead for a foul.
“The shot felt good and I thought it was going to go in,” said Pennington after the game. “The defense was really good and we had some nice passes, we just could not find the net today.”
The contest was the first of five straight the Lady Mustangs will play at MHS, which will include their district opener against New Waverly on Feb. 12. Before then, they will host Hempstead, Cameron Yoe and Huffman Hargrave.
On Jan. 17, the Lady Mustangs were ranked third in the 4A Region 3 rankings along with the men’s team on the other side. An impressive resume including a first place finish at the Yoeman Invitational and a second place finish at the Cleveland Classic earlier this month has instilled confidence moving forward.
“We ended the season on a bad note last year and that left a bad taste in our mouths,” said Rasbeary. “This year is probably the most talented team we have had in a while. If we continue at the rate we are going, I believe we can make a run.”
Madisonville will host Hempstead on Friday at 5 p.m.