Mustangs win district


The Madisonville soccer team concluded their season with a perfect record in district and the league title for the second consecutive season.

The astonishing run in the regular season for the soccer team finishes with an overall record of 20-1-2, the lone loss coming to highly touted and undefeated Palestine on Jan. 30. The Mustangs scored five or more goals a whopping 11 times throughout the year along with 12 shutouts.

“What an honor this is,” said Madisonville head soccer coach Baltazar Reyes. “I’m so proud of all the student-atheletes involved for this accomplishment.”

Both of the final two games of the season were on the road. The Mustangs dominated Hearne for the second time this season with an 8-0 shutout, featuring four goals courtesy of Mauricio Aceves and three from David Parras.

Josue Hernandez supplied the final goal of the match and recorded an assist. Parras and Dixon Velliz both collected two assist along with one from Alan Torres.

The final game of the season wasn't quite as lopsided. Madisonville needed a goal from Mauricio Aceves to scrape by with a 1-0 victory over Navasota. The goal was assisted by Dixon Veliz and ensured a perfect 10-0 record in league play for the back-to-back champions of District 22-4A.

This year, the Mustangs have more experience under their belt as they look to continue their dominance into the playoffs. In 2017, Madisonville picked up two victories before they fell to Wheatley in the regional quarterfinals.

“The boys and I feel confident,” said Reyes. “We will do our best game by game. Last year, there were a bit more nerves involved because it was all new to us, but this year we know a bit more about what we are up against and we just need to stay focused and together as a team.”

The matchups will be determined later in the week. In the meantime, the Mustangs will have to stay sharp as they wait for the start of the postseason.