Marble Falls goes for district championship

Marble Falls closes with Dripping Springs tonight.

By Mark Goodson

Highlander Sports Editor

Marble Falls boys’ soccer team can claim the school’s first district championship in boys soccer with a victory over Dripping Springs and a Alamo Heights loss to Medina Valley Friday night.

Marble Falls, 18-1-5 for the season, carries an 8-1-4 record in District 26-5A action into the regular season finale. Alamo Heights has an identical district record and holds the head to head tiebreaker if they both end up tied.

The Mustangs clinched a playoff spot and no worse than the third seed when they beat Lockhart, 2-1, on Tuesday.

The Mustangs did it in dramatic fashion with Anthony Machuca playing the ball perfectly to Bernabe Torres for the winner with 11 seconds left.

The Mustangs berth in the playoffs is only the third one in the 25-year history of the program.

Head coach Rick Hoover has lead to team to the playoffs twice in his tenure.

Christian Ammons scored early in the game against Lockhart from a nice ball from Victor Lazo.

The Mustangs earned a corner kick with less than a minute remaining on the game clock and Anthony Machuca played the ball perfectly to Bernabe Torres who was able to hit the winning goal with 11 seconds to go in the game.

“This was one of the greatest finishes you will ever see in a high school soccer game,’’ Hoover said. “It is just the way this group of young men are, they refuse to give up and refuse to accept defeat.’’

Friday night versus Dripping Springs will be Senior Night and we will be recognizing all our seniors and their families.

“We need a huge crowd to cheer on the Mustangs to win the first ever district championship for Mustang soccer,’’ Hoover said.

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