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Marble Falls boys soccer sweeps Lago Vista

CAPTION: The Marble Falls Mustangs celebrate another District 25-4A win. This one came against Lago Vista. Courtesy photo

The Marble Falls High School boys soccer team shut out Lago Vista 5-0 Feb. 17 to remain undefeated in District 25-4A play.

The Mustangs scored early in the first and built a 4-0 lead by the intermission.

Max Najera scored the first goal thanks to an assist from Marco Almazan.

Diego Mata assisted Fernando Arreguin on the next goal, while Garrett Goggans found Anderson Calderon for the third goal, and Seth Parker scored on an unassisted goal to wrap up the first half.

Arreguin scored the final goal thanks to an assist from Najera.

Head coach Rick Hoover said he was pleased with his players’ efforts.

“We worked on different things in the second half,” he said. “We weren’t focused on trying to score; we focused on trying to get better. Most of our starters sat in the second half, and we gave other kids playing time.”

Now that the Mustangs will not be in district play this week, Hoover could reflect on what has transpired. Marble Falls is one match in front of Austin Achieve. The Mustangs beat the Polar Bears 1-0 Feb. 3. The rematch is next week.

“That was a match that could have gone either way,” the coach said. “If there’s any tie (in the standings) in the end, stats could come into play. If they were to beat us 2-0, they’ll take the head-to-head.”

And while both teams would be considered co-district champions, the Polar Bears would enter the Class 4A playoffs as the district’s top seed.

But the Mustangs are incredibly motivated. In the three decades of having a high school soccer program, no Marble Falls team has won the district championship.

“Our goal is to win the district championship,” Hoover said. “That was our goal coming into the year. Even with all the great teams I’ve had, we’ve always come in second. We have to beat Achieve and avoid a split.”

Marble Falls will enjoy a bye Tuesday, Feb. 21, and will welcome Austin Kipp at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

“Running up the score isn’t that important,” Hoover said. “Getting everybody on the field and securing the win is (what’s important), securing the win and the shutout. You have to win the ones you’re supposed to.”

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