Nathaniel Mata

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Nathaniel Mata covers for The Monitor. He can be reached through email at nmata@themonitor.com or by phone at 956-683-4431.

State-bound McAllen soccer athletes juggling IB program, athletics

McALLEN — Last Friday, the McAllen High Bulldogs didn’t play their regional semifinal girls soccer match against San Antonio Johnson until 3 p.m. Defender...

Valley View boys soccer’s unbeaten run ends with loss to Frisco Wakeland in 5A...

GEORGETOWN — The Valley View Tigers aren’t used to trailing in a match. So when Frisco Wakeland built a two-goal lead just 1:18 into...

Club teams playing pivotal role in growth of Valley girls game

McALLEN — Valley boys soccer programs have totaled six state championships, but a girls team had never advanced to the final week of the...

Progreso boys soccer falls to Palestine in 4A state semifinals

GEORGETOWN — Progreso didn’t look overmatched against undefeated Palestine as the teams clashed at the UIL Class 4A state tournament for the second time...

Pristine defense helped McAllen High girls soccer on run to state

McALLEN — Victoria Sola knew that either game in the regional tournament could have been her last. The senior defender woke up with fear...

Super sophomores: Class of 2020 key to McAllen High’s state appearance

NATHANIEL MATA | STAFF WRITERMcALLEN — On the goal that sent McAllen High to the state tournament, Westyn Henderson lobbed a soaring pass to...

State-bound high school soccer teams learn semifinal opponents

Each of the three remaining Valley soccer programs will have a day in the spotlight next week at the UIL state soccer championship in...

McAllen High becomes first Valley girls soccer team to reach state, beating Austin Lake...

SAN ANTONIO — One late goal was all the McAllen High Bulldogs needed to punch their ticket as the first Rio Grande Valley girls...

McAllen High reaches first regional final since 2007, beating San Antonio Johnson

SAN ANTONIO — Westyn Henderson was a mine of chances for McAllen High, and with 15:35 remaining in her team’s fourth-round game against San...

PSJA High girls soccer finds consistency, returns to postseason

PHARR — After a 12-0 loss in their first scrimmage of the season, the PSJA High Bears were determined to not let another year...