MIDLOTHIAN — Despite injuries to key players and hits to its depth, Midlothian High School rebounded from Tuesday's loss to Mansfield Lake Ridge High School with a victory that kept it in the running for third place in District 10-5A.
The Panthers beat Mansfield Summit High School 4-2 Friday night at MHS Turf Field and remained one win ahead of the fourth place Jaguars with the help of three second half goals and a personal best.
Midlothian (13-4-2, 7-3-2) is in third place behind Mansfield Lake Ridge and Waxahachie High Schools but leads the district in goals scored with 35 and is third in goals allowed with 13.
Junior Logan Chamberlain and Maycol Reyes helped power the district's most potent offense to kick off the weekend.
After falling behind early, Midlothian rallied to take a 2-1 lead into halftime with the help of a Chamberlain goal on an Andrew Salazar corner kick and Maycol Reyes' first— unassisted — goal of the game. The Panthers extended the lead after the break after Reyes notched his first hat trick of the season, scoring an unassisted goal and another from an Edgar Castaneda helper.
Midlothian, which has two games remaining on its district schedule, will play Red Oak and Lancaster High Schools. Its matchup against the Hawks was scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. first kick at Billy Goodloe Stadium.
Red Oak, which was statistically eliminated from the UIL boys soccer postseason after back-to-back losses to Mansfield Lake Ridge and Summit High Schools, holds the district's sixth spot behind the Jaguars.
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