The Lady Mustangs soccer team dropped their first contest of the district season with a 10-0 loss at MHS to first-place Palestine last Tuesday.
“I told them we were the ones that hurt ourselves during the game,” said Madisonville soccer coach Travis Rasbeary. “No matter how good your team is, if you are forcing your defense to prevent a constant attack for 20 minutes, it is only a matter of time before a goal is scored. You could tell that our morale was destroyed after the first goal.”
The loss drops the Lady Mustangs to 2-1 and second place in district. Their two wins came against Westwood and Crockett. They were scheduled to have played two more district games to this point against New Waverly, but the matchups were scrapped when the Bulldogs canceled their program.
In the loss against Palestine, the Lady Mustangs were missing a number of the team’s contributors.
“We were without a large portion of our team that could have definitely helped,” said Rasbeary. “The big problem this year has been consistency. When we are on, we are on. But when we are not, we are not. A team like Palestine is going to be the same no matter when you play them.”
The Lady Mustangs were off on Friday, a slot previously reserved for their second matchup against New Waverly. They used the time to prepare for Thursday’s home matchup against Westwood. On Feb. 15, Madisonville defeated Westwood 5-0 on the road.
“We have spent the last week in the film room and on the field trying to work harder than we previously have to fix the problems we had against Palestine,” said Rasbeary. “Hopefully it translates to the field and we can show everyone that we are a completely different team.”
The Lady Mustangs will be off again on Friday for their scheduled bye. They will travel to Crockett this upcoming Tuesday and will conclude their regular season against Palestine on March 19.