MARBLE FALLS — Two crucial District 49-4A soccer matches highlight tonight’s scheduled games. And they both involve the Marble Falls High School soccer teams.
The Lady Mustangs (8-5-8, 6-2-3 in district) will host Leander Vandegrift at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive, while the Mustangs (16-6-1, 7-4 in district) will travel to face the Vipers. Both games will begin at 6 p.m.
“They’re the team we’re probably most likely to tie with,” boys head coach Michael Nave said. “This game is important because the first tiebreaker is head-to-head.”
Marble Falls defeated Vandegrift, 3-2, in the first round at home. A sweep would give the Mustangs the advantage if the two teams have the same number of points at the end of the regular season.
“We don’t have to get down to goal differential,” the coach said.
Currently the Mustangs have 20 points to Vandegrift’s 18.
“If we beat them, we’ll have five points on them,” Nave said. “It puts us more solidly into fourth place.”
The Mustangs will enter the game with a shootout win against Killeen High after losing to Leander Rouse, 3-0, Feb. 26.
“I didn’t feel like we played poorly,” Nave said. “We just didn’t get the ball into the net.”
Finishing plays is at the top of Nave’s must-do list, he said. And he’s not thinking about a tie, either.
“If we tie, we better win the shootout,” he said.
Three games remain in the regular season. The Mustangs will travel to Leander to face Vandegrift tonight, host Lake Travis Tuesday and end at Lampasas March 12.
“Basically for us, if we win two of the last three we’re in (the playoffs),” Nave said. “We have to take care of two of three. It doesn’t matter about anyone else.”
Meanwhile, the Lady Mustangs’ primary scorers have been junior midfielder Alexis Russell and freshman forward Savannah Henderson.
But head coach Paulette Moczygemba has emphasized her squad has more than two players.
That was apparent in Marble Falls’ 1-0 win against Killeen on Monday. Russell’s shot attempt was blocked by the Lady Roos’ goal keeper. But younger sister Megan Russell, a freshman forward, kicked the ball into the net for the game-winning goal.
The Lady Mustangs and Vandegrift tied, 2-2, in the first round, but the Lady Vipers won in a shootout.