BRYAN — The Madison County Soccer Club played its first tournament on Saturday, and despite some cancellations due to weather, the event served as good practice for the three local youth teams.
Beth Zanolini, who played college soccer, coaches “Brazil,” an under-10 team with MCISD school board member Dale Hurst. Players include Benjamin Mora, Jackson Zanolini, Ana Nacianceno, Omar Zavala, Dawson Ebner, Cade Campbell, Abel Silva, Charlie Newton, Hayden Hurst, Jake Yeager, Oscar Venegas and Jesus Alvarez.
The team tied for third place in Saturday’s tournament, losing the first game 4-6 and winning the second 2-1. A third game was canceled due to weather.
Chad and Pat Davis coach the under-10 “Mexico” team, which includes players Hector Acosta, Oscar Angeles, Carlos Enriquez, Jesus Gomez, Jaquan Davis, Mariana Davis, Isaac Hinojosa, Erick Payan, Steven Payan, Jorge Turcios, Ivan Vera and Angel Zuniga.
The team placed second on Saturday and brought home medals. They won their first game 4-0, tied a second game 1-1 and a third game was canceled due to weather.
The under-12 “Spain” team is coached by Luis Martinez. Players include Daniel Bodenhamer, Sergio Castaneda, Andrew Cole, Jacob Cole, Samuel Cole, Chase Couch, Tyreke Davis, Alyssa Espino, Emmanuel Guevara, Victor Lopez, Erick Martinez, Armando Polanco and Alex Torres.
The team placed third in Saturday’s tournament, tying the first game 2-2 and winning the second game 4-1. A third game could not be played due to weather.
“We consider these to be all-star teams,” Zanolini said.
She noted that all three teams looked good and it was unfortunate that they only got to play two of their three games.
“Who knows what the final results would have been,” she said. “All three teams were working their way to the first- and second-place positions. All teams represented Madisonville well and made all coaches proud.”
Madisonville High School Coach Baltazar Reyes attended Saturday’s tournament at the Bryan Regional Athletic Complex, looking for talent that may be able to play at the high school level in a few years. MHS had soccer teams for the first time this year.
Zanolini thanked sponsors at Henson Family Dealerships, Los Ranchos, Free Pentecostal House of Prayer and Pro Soccer for sponsoring team uniforms.
The teams plan to enter more tournaments over the summer, Zanolini added.