JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — When Marble Falls High School junior midfielder Irvin Martinez’s game-clinching goal went through the hands of the Cedar Park goalie, it set off a celebration of leaps, yells, fist pumps and cheers.
Martinez’s goal, which was assisted by senior forward Marky Marichilar, secured a 3-2 victory against the Timberwolves in District 51-4A play Feb. 12. He scored with two minutes and 24 seconds left in the contest.
“I think, in this district, getting that first win is enormous,” Mustangs head coach Rick Hoover said. “What makes it sweeter is we’ve never beaten Cedar Park. They’re the defending district champs and ranked in the top 10 in the region.”
Martinez kicked the ball off a ricochet, and Hoover said he was at the right place at the right time.
Before Marble Falls could win the game, however, they had to play catchup.
The Timberwolves took a 1-0 lead by taking advantage of a Mustang defensive error on a throw-in. The ball was thrown a long distance to a player who was left open for the goal.
Marble Falls answered, but the Timberwolves took a 2-1 lead at the half by converting a penalty kick.
“So far, we haven’t given up anything good from the field,” the Mustangs coach said.
Hoover told his players they had to “muscle up and get through it.”
So, in the second half, they outscored Cedar Park 2-0.
“If we get down, we know we can come back,” Hoover said. “This probably won’t the be the last time we’ll play from behind. They’re very good, and we’re lucky to go out with a win.”
ON OFFENSE: goals – Asir Riojas, Gaveno Tinajera, Irvin Martinez; assists – Marky Marichilar (2), Erik Salgado
RECORDS: Marble Falls is 9-4-1 overall and 1-1 in District 51-4A.
UP NEXT: 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Marble Falls at Leander, 3301 S. Bagdad Road in Leander
Cedar Park girls 2, Marble Falls 0
CEDAR PARK — The Marble Falls High School girls soccer team lost 2-0 to Cedar Park to begin District 51-4A play Feb. 12.
The Lady Mustangs (6-1-5 overall, 0-1 district) had some opportunities, head coach Trey Young said.
“(We) had three quality looks in the first half and didn’t sink them,” he said.
He added if his team would have scored early, “it would have put pressure on Cedar Park.”
The Lady Timberwolves have been ranked in the top 10 of the Class 4A poll of the Texas Girls Coaches Association and have advanced at least two rounds in the playoffs the past three years.
Young said the Lady Mustangs didn’t play badly.
“We just missed quite an opportunity,” he said.