After challenging themselves in the Aggieland Classic, the Madisonville soccer team picked up wins over Rudder on the road and Hempstead at home this week. They were also placed third in the 4A Region 3 rankings that were released on Thursday morning.
The pair of wins came after the team dropped three games against elite competition at Aggieland.
“We knew it would be a competitive tournament and it was a chance to get better,” said Madisonville Soccer Coach Baltizar Reyes. “When district starts, that is the kind of competition we will see because it is a tough league.”
Mauricio Aceves led the effort with a total of seven goals against Rudder and Hempstead. He recorded all four goals in the 4-3 win over Rudder last Tuesday and got assists from Vladimir Morales, Bayron Veliz and Diego Guevara.
He recorded the first three scores of the game at home against Hempstead in a 9-1 Mustang victory. The Aceves goals were assisted by Alan Torres, Veliz and Guevara. The remaining goals were scored by Morales, Veliz, Gabriel Aceves, Keven Martinez and Juan Bedolla, who had two.
Veliz, Alan Torres and Jose Torres each had a total of two assists against Hempstead. Aceves also recorded one assist along with Garrett Underwood. But the biggest win on Friday was an opportunity for some of the younger players to gain valuable experience at the varsity level.
“The boys came out strong,” said Reyes after the win. “I told them to go get after it and build a lead so we could play some of the younger guys. That was one of our goals tonight and they did well. We had a couple guys step up but everybody played well. A lot of them may have been a little bit nervous since the tournament but now you can see that they are starting to relax and play.”
The Madisonville soccer team hosted Splendora at MHS on Tuesday night and will travel to Cleveland on Friday. Their district schedule will begin on Feb. 12 at home against New Waverly.