The Madisonville women’s soccer team took down Kashmere 2-1 in the Bi-District playoffs in Willis on Thursday to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Lady Mustangs took on Brazosport in the Area round on Tuesday with a trip to the Quarterfinals on the line.
“I think the girls played extremely well considering I have so many underclassmen,” said Madisonville women’s soccer coach Travis Rasbeary. “A lot of girls were definitely feeling some nerves because they’ve never been in this situation before now.”
Freshman Brinna Simms drew first blood for the Lady Mustangs against the Fighting Rams on Thursday and Junior Samantha Vazquez knocked home the goal that would send Madisonville to the next round. Vazquez is a rare older player on the team along with three seniors. That leadership went a long way for a team without much experience on the roster.
“Our seniors continue to be a resource that we rely on,” said Rasbeary. “They tend to keep the team together exactly when we need it.”
If the Lady Mustangs got by Brazosport, they would then face the winner of Bellville and Navasota in the State Quarterfinals. Advancing to the Area round was an impressive accomplishment for such a young team, but Madisonville knows the sky is ultimately the limit for their season.
“We just need to be more consistent overall if we hope to continue this run,” said Rasbeary. “We have a bad habit of playing at the level of our competition instead of just playing at the best of our ability.”