Lady Mustangs take district opener

Posted 2/20/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs soccer team picked up a 5-0 victory over Westwood on the road Friday night to start their district slate off on the right foot.

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Lady Mustangs take district opener

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs soccer team picked up a 5-0 victory over Westwood on the road Friday night to start their district slate off on the right foot.

This was originally scheduled to be the second district contest of the season for Madisonville, but New Waverly got rid of their soccer program and the Mustangs competed against Huffman-Hargrave for a second time last Tuesday instead.

“It is a nice feeling to start district off in the right direction,” said Madisonville Soccer Coach Travis Rasbeary. “I think our preseason has definitely given us a lot of confidence since we played and defeated a bunch of teams no one expected us to beat.”

Lakin Pennington recorded three goals in Westwood to help guide the Mustangs to a 5-0, shutout victory. She started off the game’s scoring with a goal off of a free kick and was later assisted by Mariela Garcia and Andrea Hinojosa.

Brinna Sims also logged two goals in the district contest and was assisted by Pennington both times.

“(Friday’s game) was not the prettiest, but it was successful,” said Rasbeary. “We need to fix some of our mistakes and clean it up quite a bit before Crockett, and come into Palestine at the top of our craft.”

Madisonville’s final non-district matchup was scheduled at the last minute and a rematch against Huffman-Hargrave. After falling to the highly touted Falcons 1-0 at home in unfavorable weather, the Mustangs traveled to their place and lost by a score of 4-1. But the strong opponent has helped inspired confidence as the team moves forward into the heart of district.

“We have proven throughout this season that the only thing that can beat us is ourselves,” said Rasbeary. “Looking at district, our toughest opponent is Palestine. On film they look a lot like Lake Creek, who we beat earlier this season. I think that by looking at that success we can come into that game with confidence.”

The Lady Mustangs enjoyed a bye during Tuesday’s slot and will next host Crockett at MHS on Friday at 7:15 p.m. The matchup with Palestine will follow.

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