ABILENE — The Brownwood Lions and Lady Lions both suffered their second District 4-4A soccer defeats at the hands of Abilene Wylie Tuesday night, starting the second round of league play in the same manner as the first.
The Lady Lions played Wylie to a 2-2 tie through the end of regulation, then dropped a shootout, 4-3.
The Lions, meanwhile, were dealt a 4-0 defeat as they continue the search for their first district victory.
In the girls game, the Lady Lions trailed 2-0 in the second half but rallied to draw even as Taylor Kinzler and Aleyia Cotton scored late goals. Kinzler assisted Cotton’s goal, while Dusty VanHuss was credited with the assist to Kinzler.
Defensively, Channing Barron notched eight saves while surrendering two goals.
In the shootout, Madison Chesser, Landry Walker and Maddy Garza scored for the Lady Lions, but it wasn’t enough offensively.
“We found ourselves down 2-0 in the second half and battled back to tie it up with little time to spare,” said Brownwood soccer head coach Brent Hardwick. “We just couldn’t quite dig ourselves out of the hole we put ourselves in early in the game. But the fight we put up in the second half was admirable.”
In the Lions’ loss to Wylie, Caleb Woodcock tallied 17 saves but four shots eluded his reach.
“The boys just got flat out outplayed and outworked,” Hardwick said, “but they played their hearts out in the second half. It’s just too bad soccer is a game of two halves. We’ve got to find a way to play that way the entire game.”
The Lady Lions (10-4, 1-3) and Lions (4-10-1, 0-4) head to Mineral Wells Friday for another district doubleheader with action beginning at 5 p.m.