The Madisonville soccer team continued their dominant season and took down Scarborough 7-3 in the Bi-District round of the postseason on Thursday in Willis.
The Mustangs looked to advance to the state quarterfinals on Tuesday in Bellville with an area round matchup against the El Campo Ricebirds. The winner would advance to face either North Forest or Brazosport.
“The boys started off a little rusty in the opening round, but they picked it up throughout the game,” said Madisonville soccer coach Baltazar Reyes. “We need to stay focused and keep in mind what we’re here to accomplish if we hope to make the run we want this postseason.”
Part of the reason the Mustangs were so rusty was because the match against Scarborough was their first game in nearly three whole weeks. It may not seem like a 7-3 game featured any rust whatsoever, but Madisonville has consistently defeated opponents by much more throughout the season.
Luis Aceves led the way for Madisonville with three goals in the Bi-District contest and David Parras added two of his own along with a pair of assists. Dixon Veliz posted a goal and an assist while Noe Rodriguez and Jesus Martinez added an assist each.
The goals from Paras were Madisonville’s first of the contest and allowed them to build confidence and an early lead. Aceves would solidify the victory throughout with each of his three goals to keep the Spartans out of reach, despite three goals of their own.
“The boys are confident and will continue to do their best in each game,” said Reyes. “It’s a bit less nerve-racking than last year’s postseason just because we’ve been here before this time. If we stay together as a team, we’ll be successful.”
Entering Tuesday’s area playoff action, the Mustangs had still lost just one game throughout the entire season along with two ties.