SALADO — The Brownwood Lions added an exclamation point to a memorable season Tuesday night by capturing the District 34-4A boys soccer championship — the first for the program since 2006.
The Lions collected their third victory of season over Salado — and second in district competition — by a 2-1 count.
“It’s awesome,” said third-year Lions head coach J.B. Gibbs, who is splitting his time as head coach of both the boys and girls varsity squads this season. “I’m excited and proud, especially for this group of seniors. When they were freshmen, the program won one game all season, and now they’re district champions. That says a lot about their hard work and commitment.
“I knew we could have a good team this and they’ve lived up to that. We have a lot of talent and these guys really care about each other. Now we have our first goal knocked out.”
The Lions took a 1-0 lead with two minutes left before halftime on a goal by Austin Snyder.
Brownwood carried its slim lead into an extended halftime, brought on by a lightning delay.
When play eventually resumed, Salado pulled even with the Lions at 1 just 10 minutes into the second half.
But the Lions recorded the final goal with 12 minutes left off the foot of Johnny Montgomery, propelling the Lions to an outright district championship.
Brownwood improved to 15-2-2 overall and 9-0 in district as the Lions have won 15 of their last 16 outings.
The district champion Lions will conclude the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they host Lorena on ‘Senior Night.’ Brownwood will then begin postseason play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Waco Robinson against a yet to be determined foe.