STEPHENVILLE — The Marble Falls High School boys soccer team finished second in the Stephenville Tournament, which was held Jan. 18-19, losing 3-1 to Waco University in the championship game.
It was the same opponent that beat the Mustangs 5-0 in the tournament opener.
Still, Marble Falls head coach Michael Nave said he saw plenty of good things from his team, including their positivity on the sidelines and the players’ encouragement of their teammates.
“The kids rallied around each other,” Nave said. “All I heard was positive stuff. A player who makes a mistake, you have to pick him up. It was a weekend where we learned a lot.”
In the semifinals, the Mustangs beat Abilene High. A mistake by one of the Mustangs in the first half allowed the Eagles to take a 1-0 lead. But with 14 minutes left, Marble Falls tied the match and sent it into overtime. After the Eagles missed a goal, Marble Falls sophomore goalie Carlos Campos recorded a save. That allowed the Mustangs to win 4-3 in a shootout and advance to the championship.
Other Mustang wins came against Stephenville White, 3-0, and Cleburne White, 7-0.
AGAINST STEPHENVILLE WHITE: Goals – Uriel Solorzano, Misael Garcia, Marky Marichalar; assists – Chance Daniels, David Salinas, Danny Osornio
AGAINST CLEBURNE WHITE: Goals – Fernando Luna, Jimmy Fermin, Misael Garcia (2), Dago Galvan, Fernando Luna, Uriel Solorzano; assists – Asir Riojas, David Salinas, Uriel Solorzano, Jimmy Fermin
AGAINST ABILENE HIGH: Goal – Salvado Salazar; assist – David Salinas; penalty kicks – Edgar Aguilar, Asir Riojas, Juan Campos, Uriel Solorzano
AGAINST ABILENE HIGH: Goal – Salvador Salazar; assist – Juan Campos
RECORDS: Marble Falls is 7-2 overall.
UP NEXT: Marble Falls at Copperas Cove, 400 S. 25th St. in Copperas Cove, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22; at Killen Ellison, 909 Elms Road in Killeen, 6 p.m. Jan. 25