Soccer battles in Brenham

Posted 1/14/20

The Madisonville Mustangs soccer team continued their non-league schedule with four matchups during a tournament in Brenham over the weekend. The team also hosted a tournament at MHS to start the new year and will compete in a number of standalone matchups before district play opens Feb. 11.

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Soccer battles in Brenham

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The Madisonville Mustangs soccer team continued their non-league schedule with four matchups during a tournament in Brenham over the weekend. The team also hosted a tournament at MHS to start the new year and will compete in a number of standalone matchups before district play opens Feb. 11.

“We have played really well, but mistakes have gotten us,” said head coach Baltazar Reyes. “We are young and the guys can sometimes play nervous. The outcomes of our games does not really reflect how well we have played.”

Among their matchups at Brenham included losses to Cy Ridge (2-0), Bellville (5-0) and Brenham (1-0) along with a 2-1 victory over Silsbee. Andy Castro and Emmanuel Guevara delivered the team’s two goals in the win.

“We passed the ball and moved it well down the field,” said Reyes. “It came down to defending. Overall, we played really well (at Brenham) but inexperienced.”

The Mustangs graduated nine seniors and the bulk of their team following the 2019 campaign and will go to battle with a roster of young players looking to establish themselves and continue the program’s recent successes.

Juan Polanco and Jovany Silva are the lone seniors representing Madisonville in 2020.

“I have some guys who played last season, but only a few at the varsity level,” said Reyes. “They are getting a taste of what it is like and the speed of varsity soccer.”

Madisonville went 1-2-1 as hosts of the Mustang Soccer Winter Classic Jan. 2-4 with a 3-0 win over Hempstead, losses to Sealy (2-0) and Royal (4-1) and a tie with Montgomery.

Silva, Guevara and Vladimir Morales scored for the Mustangs in their 3-0 victory over Hempstead. Morales also found the back of the net in the loss to Royal.

“If we can keep the same momentum, we will be fine come district play,” said Reyes. “Everybody’s goal is to win district, but we just need to take it one game at a time.”

Madisonville traveled to Cleveland Tuesday and will remain on the road for a matchup at Hempstead Friday. They will return home Jan. 21 to host Royal.

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