The reigning co-champions of District 34-4A girls soccer clashed for the first time Friday night at Gordon Wood Stadium, and the Brownwood Lady Lions emerged victorious — but not without putting in some extra work.
Tied at 1 after regulation, and following a 20-minute overtime session, the Lady Lions converted their first four goals in a penalty kick shootout, while Lampasas found the net only once as Brownwood prevailed by a 5-2 final count.
“This is a very big win,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Keith Robinson. “Obviously, it’s us and them. Lampasas is a very good team, very good coaches, very good players, I’m not going to take anything away from them.
“They took it to us in the first half and we sat back and let them do what they wanted do. They imposed their will and we were lucky to get out in a 1-1 tie. The second half we came out and started to push back, started to fight and scrap and started to play Brownwood soccer.”
When the shootout began, Kelsey Pulley drilled the first Brownwood goal over the head and through the hands of the Lampasas keeper. Paxton Vaughn, Alex Bernal and Jennifer Martinez then followed with goals that all found the bottom right corner of the net.
“The last few days we’ve been working on hitting the corners,” Robinson said. “In the Gatesville game, we found everything but the corners of the goal, including the keeper’s hands. We’ve been working on hitting the corners and I told the girls to step up, get your point and don’t have any hesitation about it, just hit it.”
Defensively, Lady Lion goal keeper Katelyn Murphy saved the first shot, while the second sailed high. Lampasas managed to sneak in its third attempt, but when Martinez found the net the Lady Badgers officially ran out of opportunities to catch up, clinching the win.
“Kate came up really big in goal in the shootout,” Robinson said. “The first half we didn’t defend like we know how to, but the second half we really shut them down. They didn’t have any really good opportunities at our goal unless they were 30 yards out.”
The Lady Lions (7-3-2, 2-0) struck first at the 15:25 mark of the first half on a goal by Tristan Escamilla.
“We got the ball to Tristan and she’s just a natural goal scorer,” Robinson said. “She has a nose for the goal.”
Lampasas drew even at 1 just 4:02 later.
The Lady Lions venture to Robinson at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.