Mustangs split district contests


The Madisonville Mustangs soccer team split a pair of district contests this week with a home loss to first place Palestine by a score of 9-0 and a 8-0 victory over New Waverly on the road.

“(Palestine) has a great team,” said Madisonville soccer coach Baltizar Reyes. “We got flustered and they made us make careless mistakes. This loss made us realize we need to focus more on the game and want it as bad as they do. We definitely need to be more disciplined and communicate more. We need to be able to read the game and have control.”

The win allowed Palestine to remain undefeated thus far during the 2019 season, including non-district play. The Mustangs, meanwhile, improved to 4-2 in district play when they rebounded on Friday night in New Waverly. They currently sit in third place in district behind 5-1 Mexia and 6-0 Palestine.

The 8-0 win over the Bulldogs was the second time Madisonville defeated New Waverly this season and both contests ended in the same score. The Mustangs asserted their dominance early and put the game away with six goals in the opening half.

“It showed that they clearly have the ability to do more,” said Reyes. “It all just depends on their mindset and confidence at the time.”

Sammy Acosta led the scoring parade for Madisonville with a hat trick, which included the first goal of the game. This was assisted by Bayron Veliz, who would go on to record a pair of assists.

Mauricio Aceves found the back of the net two times and recorded an assist to Acosta’s second goal. Ryan Kinsey also recorded two goals while Gabriel Aceves added another. Alan Torres and Vladimir Morales each recorded an assist in the effort.

Madisonville hosted their final matchup of the regular season on Tuesday at MHS against Westwood, who they defeated 10-0 on Feb. 15.

The final three district games will take place on the road against Mexia, Crockett and Palestine. The matchup against Mexia will take place on Friday at 7:15 p.m. The Black Cats defeated the Mustangs 2-1 at MHS on Feb. 19.