MINERAL WELLS — The Brownwood Lady Lions plan’ for when they took the field in Mineral Wells on Friday for the bi-district round of the district soccer playoffs was to play hard and strike early.
It’s safe to say that plan was well executed and worked just as they hoped. Simply put, Brownwood put on a dominating performance against Bridgeport’s Lady Bulls in a 3-0 victory.
Bridgeport entered the contest being as the District 3-4A runner-up. Brownwood head coach Keith Robinson said before the game that the Lady Bulls were “obviously worth their salt” and felt that his team needed to be ready for their quick attack.
Ultimately it was the other way around.
The District 4-4A third seed Lady Lions (10-9) struck first and never looked back.
From the start Brownwood seemed to have the edge in field position, keeping the ball on its side of the field the majority of the time. That got the momentum rolling and with 28 minutes left in the first half, as the Lady Lions put their first point on the board thanks to a goal from Davalynn Monroe.
It didn’t take too long for the Lady Lions to build on that momentum and strike once again. Although this time the goal came with a little luck. With the clock at 13:25, Tristan Escamilla kicked the ball in from the corner, where it bounced off Madison Chesser’s leg and went in.
Score by deflection or not, it counts and Brownwood gladly took it.
At that point Bridgeport seemed to be deflated until less than a minute remained in the half. Fortunately for the Lions, nothing came of it, even though the Lady Bulls had three chances to score in that short amount of time.
The Lady Lions didn’t let up in the second half, playing dominating defense, while scoring another goal, this time by Carly Person with 33:03 remaining in the game. It would be the last goal made by either team.
“We didn’t know what to expect from that,” said Person. “I honestly thought the matchup was going to be a lot harder since they finished second in their district.”
“I couldn’t ask for a better team to play with against any opponent though,” she added. I’m lucky to have these girls with me. I know we can do big things.”
The Lady Lions will play Borger next week in either Lubbock or Wichita Falls. A date and time has yet to be determined.