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MARBLE FALLS — While most area students had a week of Spring Break, the Marble Falls High School girls soccer team had one day.

That’s because the Lady Mustangs (9-7-8, 7-4-3 in District 49-4A) used their break from classes to prepare for the bi-district showdown against Austin LBJ, the District 50-4A champion. That game will be played 3 p.m. Saturday at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive.

Marble Falls enjoyed a day off Monday.

Rain forced coaches to conduct part of Tuesday’s practice indoors.

Still, head coach Paulette Moczygemba said neither the weather nor Spring Break can keep her players from taking aim on LBJ in the first round of the playoffs.

“They have good attitudes, they have been focused and they’re working very hard,” she said. “I think their attitudes are excellent.”

While wet weather forced Marble Falls to play indoors, Moczygemba said the true test came with the time change.

The Lady Mustangs, who started their season after the Christmas holiday, are now playing in sunny climates, going from 30 degrees to 70 degrees.

“It’s become more challenging as it gets warmer,” Moczygemba said. “It’s getting harder on their bodies.”

While some may believe being hydrated is a factor in warm weather, the coach said the truth is players tend to drink less water during the winter because they don’t realize how much they’re sweating and may not drink as much.

“It’s a hard transition,” she said. “You have to be more careful of hydration in the winter.”

Moczygemba calls for more water breaks, insisting the players find the balance between hydration to stay healthy and consuming too much and cramping.

Marble Falls will be taking momentum with them into the playoffs.

The Lady Mustangs beat Lampasas, 5-1, March 12 in a game that was never close.

Marble Falls scored three goals in the first half. The Lady Mustangs would have matched that output in the second half had they not been flagged for being offsides after the ball found the back of the net.

Another opportunity was missed when a shot was blocked by the goalie. The shooter kicked the ball off the ricochet, but it hit the right post. That’s when Lampasas cleared the box.

The Lady Badgers then scored a meaningless goal in the final three minutes of the contest.

Marble Falls is making its first playoff appearance since 2004.

jfierro@thepicayune.com