MINERAL WELLS — For the Brownwood Lions versus Bridgeport boys’ soccer district playoff matchup, it was the tale of two halves.
The first 40 minutes and the last 40 minutes were complete opposites from each other when it came to offense and defense. In the end, however, the Lions weren’t able to hang on as the Bulls put on an offensive clinic in the second half and won 5-1.
The first half of the game was a defensive showdown between the two teams. Each one had numerous chances to score, but neither team was able to do so, no matter how close they got to the goal.
After halftime though, it was a completely different story. What may have once been a defensive showdown, turned into anything but, as six goals were made between both of the teams in a matter of minutes.
With 30:05 left in the game, Bridgeport scored their first goal to go up 1-0 on the Lions.
It didn’t take long for Brownwood (1-16-1) to answer back as its scored with 27:36 remaining, thanks to Jakob Dorsett.
Unfortunately for the Lions it would be their first and last.
The other bad news was that the goal they made seemed to fire up the Bulls.
Bridgeport responded to Brownwood just a little over a minute later to take a 2-1 lead with 26:26 left. The Bulls then further extended that lead, needing just over a minute again, to make the score 3-1 with 25:20 still on the clock.
The offensive explosion by Bridgeport continued on, although this time it took more than 70 seconds.
The Bulls’ next goal came at 18:35, followed by yet another one at 16:56 to bring the score to 5-1.
Those last two were no doubt the final nail in Brownwood’s coffin. No other points were scored by Bridgeport, but obviously the damage was already done.
The Bulls, who were held scoreless for the first 50 minutes of the game, managed to score five goals in 13 minutes.
“These boys fought hard,” said Lions head coach Keith Robinson of his team. “They’ve endured a lot but they kept fighting through. I’m proud of them and the way they never gave up. Give Bridgeport credit too, they’re a great team and they finished as the top team in their district, so we knew it was going to be tough. There’s nothing to be ashamed of though, we played hard.”