In the postseason, getting ahead and keeping the pressure on is optimum, and the Madisonville boys’ soccer team did exactly that, scoring less than three minutes into the match, then keeping the pressure on Houston Wheatley, before losing in the final minutes on penalty kicks.
Madisonville and Houston Wheatley were tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. Houston Wheatley defeated Madisonville outscoring the Mustangs 4-3 on penalty kicks, ending Madisonville’s magical season and playoff run.
“Congratulations to coach Reyes, Cowley and Barbato on a fantastic soccer season,” said AD Rusty Nail after the Mustangs’ posted an impressive 19-2 season.
“What a blessing this [soccer] program has been to our district in both participation and the way they represented MCISD across the state, with not only their play but their character,” Nail said.
And although the Mustangs saw its spectacular record-breaking season come to a close Tuesday night, head coach Baltazar Reyes is optimistic about what the future holds for his squad moving forward.
“It was a great year,” said Reyes. “We came up a little short, but we will be back stronger next year.”
David Parras scored both Madisonville goals.
Several Mustangs received district honors following their successful season. David Parras was named Most Valuable Player. Luis Aceves was named Offensive Most Valuable Player, Mauricio Aceves was named Defensive Most Valuable Player and Jesus Martinez was named Goalie Most Valuable Player.
Dixon Veliz, Josue Hernandez, Cristhian Martinez, Alan Torres and Noe Rodriguez were named first team All-District. Alfredo Hernandez, Jose Ibarra, Juan Garcia and Bayron Veliz received second team honors. Daniel De La Trinidad received honorable mentioned.
Cristhian Martinez, Noe Rodriguez, Juan Garcia and Johnathan received academic All-District, while second year head coach Baltazar Reyes was named Coach of the Year.