SHENANDOAH — Magnolia West coach Christian Boehm celebrated his birthday with a victory Saturday morning at Woodforest Bank Stadium.
The Mustangs finished the weekend on a high note at The Woodlands’ annual Kilt Cup showcase, earning a 3-1 triumph over Klein Cain after trailing early.
“They’re just passionate, and they love this game, and they want to play right and do the right things,” Boehm said. “Today, the right things finally paid off.
“I think we did a really good job of keeping the ball out of our third today. You keep the ball out of your own third, nothing bad can happen, and then all you have to do is score more goals than the other team.”
Magnolia West (2-2) evened its record for the season after dropping its first two contests of the event. The Mustangs opened with a 5-0 loss against Conroe on Thursday and fell 4-2 against Lufkin on Friday.
“It’s no secret — we didn’t start very well this weekend,” Boehm said. “It’s the first time we traveled this season, so maybe that had something to do with it. But the fact that they came out here and competed against Klein Cain, a quality program, and were down 1-0 after a PK in the first half, and still came back and won 3-1, it speaks volumes about those guys.”
Magnolia West found itself in a hole early due to the aforementioned penalty kick. The Hurricanes converted for the 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.
The Mustangs responded favorably, however, netting the equalizer just three minutes later. Wyatt Eggleston scored on a header off a corner kick from Jafet Ramirez.
The teams reached halftime with a tied score, but Magnolia West finally broke the stalemate in the 65th minute on a goal from Yovany Portillo.
“I’ve been joking with him for three years now, ‘Man, you can’t score,’ because he hasn’t scored,” Boehm said. “And here we go, scoring and putting us up 2-1. We put him in a spot where he can be successful, and he was.”
The Mustangs’ defensive efforts were key in preserving the victory over the final stretch of the game, and with just over one minute remaining, they put it on ice. Alexis Oliveres took a free kick from 23 yards out and sent the ball into the upper-left corner of the goal.
“The third goal by Alexis Oliveres, again, just following directions, following coaching and putting his best skill to use and putting it in the back of the net,” Boehm said.
Magnolia West returns to action at the Klein showcase beginning next Thursday.