The Madisonville Mustangs soccer team concluded their season last Tuesday with a 3-0 loss to Lumberton in the Area round of the playoffs in Cleveland.
“Overall, I think this was one of the best games we have played this season,” said Coach Baltizar Reyes. “I basically told them after the game that we had a great season and to keep their heads up. We know that we have to keep working in order to get better.”
The Mustangs were unable to capitalize on any of the scoring chances and Lumberton was able to take advantage of a few defensive mistakes to find the back of the net.
“We had a couple chances to score and could not put it away, that was the key factor,” said Reyes.
This year’s Mustangs lost some of their leaders from their run to the state tournament in 2018 and also had to battle a new district throughout the regular season. Madisonville still managed to finish third in the district with all losses coming to Palestine or Mexia and advanced past the first round of the postseason for the second straight year.
This year’s squad was led by a large group of senior players including Mauricio Aceves, Alan Torres, Noe Rodriguez, Bayron Veliz, Dixon Veliz, Diego Guevara, Sammy Acosta, Keven Martinez and Jose Torres along with team managers Alexander Alvarez and Mario Zavala.
“All of them have given me their best,” said Reyes on his senior group. “They have accomplished so much in four years and helped the program in so many ways.”
Reyes is optimistic for the future of the program that has made tremendous strides in a short amount of time.
“If you love the game, you give your best effort in school and out on the field,” said Reyes. “The legacy of this team is that they played hard, loved the game and always looked forward regardless of the outcome.”
The Mustangs advanced to the Area round with a shootout victory over La Vega in the Bi-District round. Lumberton defeated Madisonville’s district foe Mexia and will face Fulshear in the Regional Semifinals on Friday.