Playoff-bound Brownwood squads to begin postseason runs following spring break
The Brownwood Lady Lions soccer team played its last game of their regular season late Friday afternoon, going head to head against long-time rival Stephenville. It was a hard fought contest between both teams and it remained close the entire game, but the Honeybees pulled it out in the end and beat the Lady Lions, 2-2, giving Brownwood a 9-9 record for the season and 3-6 District 4-4A mark.
Both teams had many chances to score during the first 40 minutes, but neither could capitalize on those opportunities. It wasn’t until nearly halfway of the second half that Stephenville jumped on the board, going up by one goal with 22:24 remaining in the game.
Neither team came close to scoring again, until there was 1.5 seconds left in match and it was only due to a penalty kick. That kick was made as time expired, which made the final score 2-0 in Stephenville’s favor.
“We didn’t really play up to our normal standard,” said junior starter Madison Chesser. “We had a lot of turnovers and mistakes. I feel like we fought really hard, but I don’t think we gave it all we had the entire game like we should have. I know for sure in the second half we didn’t make easy shots and missed on a lot of passes. We didn’t play mistake free and it just didn’t go our way. We’ll learn from that though and keep pushing forward.”
Chesser and the rest of the Lady Lions will have another opportunity to do just that very soon. Although it was their last regular season game, Brownwood has made the playoffs yet again, which seems to be a trend year in and year out.
Brownwood ISD has their spring break period this upcoming week, so the Lady Lions will have a little time to rest and regain their composure. It won’t be complete rest and relaxation for them the entire week though.
“We actually will still practice next week,” said Brownwood head soccer coach Keith Robinson. “It will be lighter than usual because these girls need some rest, but we will definitely put the work in.”
Following spring break, the Lady Lions will enter the first round of the playoffs.
“We’ll be playing Bridgeport for sure,” said Robinson. “They are the number two seed and we are the number three seed. That game will take place that Friday, March 25 and we will meet in Mineral Wells.”
A time hasn’t been officially announced at this time, but should be soon.
Stephenville 3, Lions 0
Just like the Lady Lions did before them, the Brownwood Lions boys soccer team hosted Stephenville for the regular season finale. And just like the Lady Lions before them, the Lions fell to the Yellow Jackets, dropping a 3-0 decision Friday night.
All three of Stephenville’s goals came in the first half. Just four minutes into the game, the Yellow Jackets struck first to go up by one. Stephenville did the same 10 minutes later, giving the Yellow Jackets a comfortable lead with 25:18 remaining in the half. The final score came near the end of the half, with just under five minutes remaining.
“We just have a young team this season and our performances reflect that a lot of times, including tonight,” said Lions interim head coach Keith Robinson. “These boys fought hard though and I couldn’t be more proud of them. They played hard the entire game.”
“We’re just young and inexperienced, so we’re trying to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together. We’re getting there, but tonight wasn’t it. We made a lot of mistakes, but they will learn from them and turn it around. These boys are hard workers and great athletes and tonight showed that.”
The loss gives the Lions a 1-15-1 overall record and 1-8 District 4-4 mark, but due to how the district is set up, Brownwood still gets to advance to the playoffs as the fourth seed.
“There’s a good chance that the boys may play Bridgeport like our girls will be doing,” Robinson explained. “That isn’t set in stone yet, so I’m not quite sure, but there’s a good possibility. I know Bridgeport is playing Decatur to wrap up their season. They’re fighting for the district title in their district and whoever wins that game is who we will face in the first round of the playoffs.”
For a team that has seen so much adversity and overcame it, Robinson’s message to his boys is simple as they prepare for the playoffs.
“Just keep on digging,” he said. “We have to keep on keeping on. Work hard, play hard and keep getting better. It’s that simple.”