The Madisonville Mustangs soccer team honored the careers of their 11 seniors after defeating Westwood 8-1 at MHS last Tuesday before they fell 1-0 to Mexia on the road on Friday night.
Those honored seniors were Mauricio Aceves, Alan Torres, Noe Rodriguez, Bayron Veliz, Dixon Veliz, Diego Guevara, Sammy Acosta, Keven Martinez, Jose Torres and team managers Alexander Alvarez and Mario Zavala. The senior players checked back into the game together during the final minute.
“This is a great group of guys who had such a special run to the state tournament last year,” said Coach Baltizar Reyes, who thanked each of his seniors and their families at midfield along with assistant coach Clay Hardee. “They will remember that for the rest of their lives. I consider all of them winners.”
Reyes also gifted each of his players a team photo and a bag of candy. During the postgame meeting, he stressed to his players that there is still unfinished business in 2019 despite concluding their home schedule.
“It is so hard to explain the feeling after being here for four years,” said Aceves, who logged three goals against Westwood. “Playing my last game at home was something else. Still, there is a lot of unfinished business.”
Aceves found the back of the net early to give the Mustangs a 1-0 advantage. This was soon followed by a pair of goals from Sammy Acosta and another by Dixon Veliz to give Madisonville a 4-0 halftime lead.
“We passed it well and played effectively without the ball,” said Reyes. “We missed a few shots but were able to put some shots in the back of the net.”
The Mustangs also scored four goals in the second half to ensure a sizable victory. This included another pair of scores from Aceves.
On Friday, the Mustangs fell to Mexia for the second time this season by a score of 1-0. On Feb. 19, they fell to Mexia 2-1 at MHS.
The loss means the Mustangs cannot finish higher than third place in the district. They traveled to Crockett on Tuesday and will conclude their regular season in Palestine on Friday. The matchup is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.