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Hornet soccer opens district with best start in three years

Feb. 12—HUNTSVILLE — After making a run to the state semifinals in 2018, the boys' soccer team at Huntsville has seen some ups and downs.

But this season has a different feel.

For the first time in three years, the Hornets have collected points in their first three games as they sit in second place of District 16, 5A with five points as two games remain before the district flip.

While it came with a little controversy, the Hornets grabbed their first district win Friday with a 2-1 decision over Nacogdoches. It is Huntsville's first win over the Nacogdoches program.

"It's exciting on our end because we spent a week preparing for this game," Huntsville head coach Robert Taylor said. "A lot of what we thought was going to happen, happened. We asked the guys to bring what they could and trust what the coaches would bring. I was satisfied with how the guys started to play quicker and more intentionally. They weren't thinking as much."

Huntsville scored goals from sophomore Anthony Bravo and senior Joseph Mejia to get their win. Bravo scored the first goal for Huntsville and won his battle before going one-on-one with the goalie and getting the win.

"Anthony has played left back a lot this year, but has been moved up the last two games," Taylor said. "In his second game as an attacking player at the varsity level, he diced a kid up and tucked it away. He was cool, calm and the moment wasn't too big."

The second goal for the Hornets came with a bit of controversy though. After a fan was removed from the stands, Mejia may have scored on an indirect kick that sailed across the field and was misread by the Dragon goalie. After some deliberation from Nac players, the officials upheld the call.

Getting that win should give the Hornets the ability to learn how good of a team they can become with seven games remaining in the regular season.

"I hope our guys are realizing that we can be a dangerous team," Taylor said. "There are moments against Nac where we could have walked away with goals. I was very proud of them."

Huntsville currently sits in second place in the district, and its five points give the Hornets an advantage as they gear up for the turn of the district with a game against Dayton. The Hornets will return back to the pitch for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Tuesday at Huntsville ISD Stadium.