MINERAL WELLS — Brownwood surrendered a pair of goals in the first seven minutes and never recovered as the rival Stephenville Honeybees ended the Lady Lions’ season for the second year in a row, 3-0, in the Region I-4A girls soccer quarterfinals Tuesday.
Hayleigh Beam scored off an assist from Gracie Bales just 3:04 into the contest and again just over three minutes later to stake Stephenville to a 2-0 advantage.
“Stephenville is too good of a team to give them a two-goal cushion,” said Lady Lions head coach Keith Robinson. “I think there was a little bit of nerves and we came out too flat. Stephenville was off and running in the first five minutes and we looked a little dazed.
“The first goal we just didn’t step out to a ball, she crossed it and there was a girl trailing on the back side that we just didn’t pick up. We hung our heads a little bit and they hit us with a second goal a few minutes later.”
Scoring opportunities were few and far between for the Lady Lions, but there was a chance to wrestle away some momentum early in the second half.
“We had a real good chance at the start of the second half but just didn’t bury it and I think that could have changed the game and gave us a little more confidence,” Robinson said. “When things go our way we’re pretty good, but it didn’t go our way and we hung our heads a little bit. We had to scratch and claw to get ourselves back in the game and once we did we were fine. But the deficit was too much.”
The Honeybees added a final goal with 21:24 remaining as Ciara Johnston scored with the assist from Beam.
The Lady Lions finished the season with an 11-10 overall record, a third-place finish in District 4-4A and third straight trip to the regional quarterfinals.
“It’s disappointing not to take that next step, but at the same time I’m grateful the girls are working as hard as they have,” Robinson said. “Given all the stuff that’s taken place this year, I’m proud of the way they’ve conducted themselves. It was just a tough night tonight and I wish it would have gone more in our favor. I think they deserve more based on what they put out there. They’re great kids who work their tails off and put their hearts out there. I wished it would have gone our way tonight but unfortunately it didn’t.”