Optimism and hopes are high for the Madisonville soccer program as the Mustangs bring back a handful of starters from a year ago.
“Things are looking really good,” Madisonville Head Coach Baltazar Reyes said. “I think that we have a lot of hope for this season. We have 12 of our starters from last year returning and we feel really good about our underclassmen who are joining us.”
The Mustangs started their season at the Wildcat Showcase in Willis. Madisonville, who participated in the tournament for the first time had a great showing in their opening game defeating Anahuac, 8-0. Seven different Mustang players scored on the eight goals attempted. Madisonville set the tone, controlling the ball and tempo while never letting Anahuac seriously threaten to score.
The Mustangs continued their strong showing in the second game of the Showcase defeating Woodlands 2-1. Madisonville took control early and never let go of the match.
“I’m really pleased with the way the guys came out and played during the [Wildcat] Showcase,” Reyes said. “It was a great opportunity to show what our team is made of.”
In just his second year as head coach, Reyes said he has a lot he plans to accomplish with this program.
“I want the guys to build team unity and chemistry,” he said. “I want the team to come out and compete in every game and become better young men on and off the field.”
The Mustangs (2-0) will look to add to their strong start participating in the Brenham Select Cup Jan. 12-14.