HUTTO — Before leaving to face Hutto Wednesday, Marble Falls High School boys soccer coach Michael Nave emphasized two facts to his players. First, the Mustangs needed to win a district road game.
Second, they split the season series with Hutto last year, which caused them to drop a spot in the overall standings.
The Mustangs (15-5-1, 6-3-0 in District 49-4A) heard him loud and clear.
The game was never in doubt, as Marble Falls rolled to a 5-2 victory.
While he was happy to get the win, Nave called it ugly.
“Ugly wins are better than pretty losses,” he said with a chuckle. “It was a win we needed to have.”
Freshman forward Danny Osornio scored first.
He was followed by junior forward Ruben Contreras, who scored three goals. One was assisted by junior midfielder Jamie Hernandez.
Junior fullback Gerardo Monzon scored the Mustangs’ final goal on a penalty kick.
Nave was happy to sweep the season series, acknowledging last year’s setback was tough.
“That was probably the hardest one for me to take last year,” he said. “I’ve emphasized it several times.”
The win was even sweeter considering the Mustangs suited up only 15 players, including sophomore central midfielder Jose Gonzales and freshman stopper Eric Domingues. Both were playing in the junior varsity.
Gonzales took over at sweeper, a position he never played before, because Domingues suffered a bloody nose.
Junior fullbacks Ivan Luna and Monzon each played all 80 minutes.
Four players were involved in a car accident Wednesday morning. Of the four, only junior midfielder Joaquin Macias played.
“There is absolutely (several) different reasons why we could have folded,” Nave said.
Marble Falls (18 points) is in fourth place behind Killeen High (22), Lake Travis (21) and Pflugerville Hendrickson (19).
Now the Mustangs prepare to travel to take on Leander Rouse 7:45 p.m. today.
With Monday’s contest against Killeen High, they will have played three games in six days.