The Madisonville men's soccer team took their first two games in District this week with wins over Crockett and Cleveland.
The Mustangs are off to the right start as they try and defend their District title.
"I'm really pleased with the way the boys are communicating with one another," said Madisonville head soccer coach Baltazar Reyes. "There's always some room for improvement, but I'm happy with how it has all come together. The boys have always been very close and come together as a team, not individuals. That has helped us a lot and I hope it reflects in each game."
The Mustangs opened District play last Tuesday on a wet night in Madisonville against Crockett. Madisonville dominated throughout, but missed a couple of opportunities early in the first half.
Once Luis Aceves found the back of the net on a pass from Dixon Veliz, however, the floodgates opened for the Mustangs. Aceves would add another in the first half along with Dixon Veliz and Bayron Veliz to take a commanding 4-0 lead at the break.
Luis Aceves scored again in the second half along with David Parras to secure the 6-0 win. Parras and Mauricio Aceves also recorded assists in the victory.
Madisonville's first District bout on the road came on Friday in Cleveland. While this match was much closer, the Mustangs were still able to hold off the Indians 2-1 after trailing at half.
Luis Aceves and David Parras each scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the second half to pull away with the win. They each also assisted the other's goal. This was a critical road win against a good team that has now lost just 3 games on the year.
The Mustangs returned to Madisonville on Tuesday to host Hempstead and will travel to Hearne on Friday. The fight will continue afterwards with five more District games before the start of the postseason.
"We pretty much have the same team as last year and the same mentality," said Reyes. "The difference is that we are more experienced as well as knowledgeable of what we need to work on against future teams."
The Madisonville women's soccer team dropped their first District contest 11-0 to Cleveland on Friday. They were scheduled to host Westwood last Tuesday, but more bad weather forced another cancelation for the Lady Mustangs.
"I think once the girls realize how to rely on each other and play more as a team we will bounce back," said Madisonville head women's soccer coach Travis Rasbeary. "We know how we are capable of playing."
Madisonville hosted Hempstead for their first District game of the season on Tuesday and will travel to Crockett to face the Bulldogs. The Last Mustangs defeated Crockett 1-0 on Jan. 26 courtesy of a Samantha Vazquez goal in the second half.
Following the matchup in Crockett, Madisonville will play three home games in a row before concluding the regular season with three straight road games.