The Brownwood Lions put a halt to a nasty four-game losing streak in District 8-4A soccer action as they hammered the Lampasas Badgers, 4-0, Friday night at Gordon Wood Stadium.
Brownwood (10-5-1, 3-4) had not recorded a district win since a 1-0 overtime victory over Copperas Cove on Feb. 1. The Lions will visit Cove at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“We really needed this to get out of our slump,” said Lions head coach Mitch Moore. “We played really well early in the season and then we had that tough loss to Wylie and we went into a skid after that.”
The Lions scored two goals in each half and four different players found the net.
Jarrod Howey scored the only goal the Lions would need at the 24:07 mark of the first half on an assist from Bryan Justice.
Justice then put Brownwood ahead 2-0 at the 9:14 mark of the first half following an assist from Jesse Coppic.
After intermission, the Lions needed just six minutes to tally their third goal as Julio Perez headed in a ball after a Zac Fulton corner kick.
Chris Munson capped the scoring with just over two minutes left as he drilled a 30-yard free kick.
“Scoring a lot of goals will help you snap out of it, and it also takes a lot of pressure off the defense,” Moore said.
The Lion defense held its own, though the majority action featured Brownwood putting pressure on the Lampasas goal keeper.
Goalie David Fisher recorded the shutout for Brownwood, while defenders Michael Perry, Travis Holleman, Payton Ragsdale, Tanner Vaughn, Christian Arredondo and Isaac Salazar drew praise from Moore.
“There weren’t a lot of shots on goal and they didn’t even threaten us too many times,” Moore said.
The Lions are now facing a three-game road trip which features visits to Cove, Wylie and San Angelo Lake View.
“Going on the road really doesn’t bother me,” said Moore, whose team went 7-1-1 in nine non-district road contests. “We had a lot of success on the road early in the season.”
Lady Lions 1, Lampasas 0
LAMPASAS — The Brownwood Lady Lions earned their first District 8-4A win of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak in league action with Friday’s 1-0 victory at Lampasas.
The Lady Lions (3-14-2, 1-5-1) and Lampasas played to a scoreless overtime tie in Brownwood on Jan. 29.
Natalie Rosato scored the only goal on an assist from Kinsey Johnson, one of 27 shot attempts by the Lady Lions.
“This is going to give them some momentum and get the weight off their shoulders,” said Lady Lions head coach Brian Davis. “I told the girls we still had six games left. We may or may not make the playoffs, but these last six games will be our best six of the season.”