Soccer starts years with home showcase

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After a run to the state tournament a season ago, the Mustangs soccer team is back at it and began their new season by hosting the Madisonville Showcase at MHS over the weekend.

“This has been a nice showcase,” said Madisonville soccer Coach Baltizar Reyes on the weekend’s competition. “The same teams that were here last years came again and they love it. You work with your players and see what you are good at and where you struggle. No one is perfect, but we are going to strive and try to get them better at their positions.”

Madisonville varsity was a perfect 3-0 at their showcase while the JV squad was 0-1-1. Varsity defeated Sealy 8-0, Hudson 5-0 and Rudder 2-0. JV tied with Westwood and fell to Livingston by a score of 2-1.

In a dominant display against Sealy, Mauricio Aceves led the Mustangs with a goal along with five assists. Other Madisonville scorers in the contest were Sammy Acosta, Alan Torres, Victor Lopez, Gabriel Aceves, Dixon Veliz, Juan Polanco and Vladimir Morales. Apart from Aceves, assists were recorded by Diego Guevara and Dixon Veliz, who had two.

Mauricio Aceves came back the next day and posted two more goals and two more assists against Hudson in the victory. Guevara, Acosta and Noe Rodriguez also found the back of the net while Dixon Veliz recorded two assists and Bayron Veliz added another.

Dixon Veliz would add another score and assist in the team’s final game against Rudder. Noe Rodriguez scored as well in the 2-0 win.

On the JV side, Ryan Kinsey found the back of the net with an assist from Antonio Vazquez against Westwood while Vazquez scored with an assist from Pablo Sanchez against Livingston.

The Mustang varsity soccer team will now be away from MHS for the better part of two weeks. They will compete in another tournament this weekend in College Station and begin their normal schedule against Rudder on Jan. 15.

Despite losing some players due to graduation, the Mustangs are poised to make another run at the district title this season and are off to a promising start with a 3-0 showing at the Madisonville Showcase.

The difference entering the new season is some of the hype that now surrounds the program after a trip to the state tournament last year.

“We are motivated all the way around,” said Reyes. “The expectations are there and we want to do the same or even better. We just need to work, keep up the momentum and go from there.”

Last year, the Mustangs were perfect and nothing short of dominant during league play. Their district slate will begin this season at home against New Waverly on Feb. 12.

“I bumped up a couple of freshman,” said Reyes. “Our core of seniors are there, but we want the young guys to step up too and learn from them. We have leaders who can push those guys and gain momentum.”

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