Mustangs bounce back in district


The Madisonville Mustangs soccer team split a pair of district matchups over the week with a 2-1 road loss at Mexia on Tuesday and a 7-3 victory over Crockett on Friday at MHS.

“I told the guys to start strong,” said Madisonville soccer coach Baltizar Reyes after Friday’s victory. “That game on Tuesday was just an accident. I think we outplayed them but you have to score. That is how soccer goes.”

The Mustangs did just that and built a 5-0 lead by the halftime break and went on to win their third game in district before a critical matchup against Palestine on Tuesday.

“Every game is important,” said Reyes. “We play in a tough district so we have to come to play against every team. We need to play smart, play easy and attack it.”

In last Tuesday’s loss to Mexia, the Mustangs only capitalized on one scoring opportunity. It came from Bayron Veliz.

On Friday, seven different Mustangs found the back of the net including Mauricio Aceves, Bayron Veliz, Dixon Guevara, Sammy Acosta, Gabriel Aceves, Vladimir Morales and Diego Guevara. Veliz, Aceves and Acosta all recorded assists as well along with Noe Rodriguez and Juan Torres.

Palestine entered Tuesday’s matchup with the Mustangs sporting a perfect 4-0 record in district play and an undefeated record on the year as a whole. Reyes stated that his team would need to play the perfect game to outplay the Wildcats and pick up the win.

After the matchup with Palestine, the Mustangs are scheduled to begin their second slate against their strong district with a rematch against New Waverly on the road on Friday night. Madisonville defeated New Waverly 8-0 at MHS to begin district play earlier in the season.

The next Mustangs home game will take place this upcoming Tuesday against Westwood, who they defeated 10-0 the first time around.

Last Tuesday in Mexia, the Madisonville JV soccer team fell by a score of 3-1. Chase Couch found the back of the net for the Mustangs in the contest.