The Madisonville soccer team split a pair of home games over the week to conclude their non-District slate.
Despite dropping their first contest of the year to Palestine, the Mustangs started District play with an impressive overall record of 10-1-2.
"I know the morale of my players is never going to go down," said Madisonville head soccer coach Baltazar Reyes after the loss to highly-touted Palestine. "We proved to ourselves that we could play with these guys, and that's a confidence booster."
The Wildcats got the best of the Mustangs with two goals in the second half after both teams kept each other off of the scoreboard in the first. Jose Sanchez and Javier Leonor of Palestine were responsible for the 2-0 difference.
Reyes was right in his assumption that nothing would keep his players down for too long. The team bounced right back up on Friday night to pick up the 2-1 victory over Sealy at home. Bayron Veliz scored in the first half while Luis Aceves did the same in the second after the Tigers tied it up.
"The boys don't give up and they always fight until the last minute," said Reyes after the Sealy win. "We could've scored some more goal tonight, we were unlucky on some, but we were able to record the second goal for an eventual game-winner."
The Mustangs will now prepare to begin their District schedule and try to defend their title from a season ago.
"We just need to keep playing our game as a team," said Reyes. "I know the boys are having fun every time they take the field and they're going to have fun trying to get that title back. We just need to keep doing what we've been doing."
Madisonville began District last night with a home game against Crockett. They will now hit the road for the first time in about two weeks and travel to Cleveland on Friday. They will return home to host Hemptstead on Feb. 13.
Last week, the Lady Mustangs took the field for the first time in nearly two weeks and were able to pull off a 1-0 victory at home over Crockett courtesy of a Samantha Vazquez goal.
On Friday, Madisonville dropped a road contest at Cameron Yoe.
The Lady Mustangs dropped the contest 5-0 to the Yoemen, dropping their record on the season to 3-4-1. Madisonville is now on the cusp on District play after limited chances to find a rhythm due to cancelations.
The Lady Mustangs returned home on Tuesday to battle Westwood. They will then begin District play on the road against Cleveland on Friday.