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10 Mustangs applauded for work on soccer field

MARBLE FALLS — Qualifying for the playoffs is one way to measure the success of the Marble Falls High School boys soccer team.

But coaches in District 49-4A measured it differently. In the end, 10 Mustangs were selected for individual awards, named to all-district teams or given honorable mentions.

“They all had an impact on us,” head coach Michael Nave said.

Of the six individual awards, two went to Mustangs.

Senior Isaac Martinez was named the newcomer of the year, while junior Jaime Hernandez was named the midfielder most valuable player.

Nave said he thought Martinez, a player who moved to Marble Falls from California, earning the newcomer award was well deserved.

“To move your senior year has to stink,” the coach said. “The kid works hard every day. He’s played forward his entire career. He moved to center midfielder and didn’t complain. It would be easy to have a bad attitude. He came in and fit right in.”

This marks the second year the Mustangs have captured the newcomer of the year award. It went to former player Eric Vaubel last season.

To Nave, only two midfielders stood out in district play and they both wear Marble Falls uniforms — Hernandez and junior Jeronimo Aguilar.

“Coaches were very complimentary of Jaime,” the coach said. “He missed the first month because of foot surgery. He missed all of preseason practice in November and December. He’s been a starting midfielder since he was a freshman.”

Aguilar and sophomore Joel Chavez were first team all-district players.

“Very well-deserved,” Nave said. “Joel was named to two all-tournament teams and was the strongest defender for us. Jeronimo was our assists leader.”

He recorded 13 assists and four goals.

Senior Robertlee Vidal and juniors Joaquin Macias and Ruben Contreras were named to the second team.

Vidal got the coaches’ attention as a sophomore and may have been a victim of his own success, Nave said.

Macias was one of the most versatile Mustangs, he said, noting the junior was the backup goalie, the center midfielder and played anywhere else he was needed.

“Joaquin was our utility man,” the coach said. “We cheated him a little bit because we never let him set into a position.”

Contreras’ contributions can be measured in the stats sheet, the coach said.

“Ruben was our scoring leader, with 18 goals and six assists,” Nave said.

Freshman Uriel Solorzano and juniors Omar Sanchez and German Garcia were honorable mention.

“With Uriel, we played him at every position on the diamond,” Nave said. “He was very versatile. He has a lot of tools to work with.”

Garcia, a defensive middle player, was used as the stopper.

“He’s a good leader,” Nave said. “He’s really good at delaying and slowing the other team’s attack down.”

Sanchez also is a defensive specialist.

“He does a good job defensively,” the coach said. “He also has really good ball-distribution skills. We used him at defensive central mid.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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