Bulletin Staff Report
COPPERAS COVE — The Brownwood Lions earned their second two-game win streak in District 8-4A action as they outlasted the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs, 3-2, here Tuesday night.
The Lions evened their district mark at 4-4 and improved to 11-5-1 overall prior to Friday’s 8 p.m. showdown at 8-4A front-runner Abilene Wylie.
“We’ve got a little bit of momentum back and we’re going to go up there and play them hard and see what happens,” said Lions head coach Mitch Moore, whose team lost a 1-0 overtime contest to Wylie on Feb. 5 at Gordon Wood Stadium.
In Tuesday’s win, the Lions never trailed. Brownwood grabbed a 1-0 advantage with 24 minutes left in the first half as Zac Fulton scored on an assist from Jarrod Howey.
Copperas Cove was able to draw even later in the half and the score remained 1-1 through intermission.
“I really thought we controlled the first half of play,” Moore said. “The only goal they had was a good shot and there wasn’t really anything our defense could have done.”
The Lions needed just 50 seconds to regain the lead in the second half as Howey scored off an assist from Justin Ragsdale.
Three minutes later, Chris Munson found the net following an assist from Fulton as Brownwood’s lead grew to 3-1.
“Momentum is really important and it’s a lot easier playing from ahead,” Moore said. “We got up by two goals and relaxed and really played well and that got them frustrated.”
Copperas Cove closed the gap to 3-2 with eight minutes remaining, but the Lion defense was able to hold on down to stretch to secure the victory.
“We’re starting to have that feel that we did during non-district games,” Moore said. “We’re trying to get back to where we were earlier, and we’ve played well on the road. This was a tough place to play but we were able to take care of business.”
Copperas Cove 2, Lady Lions 0
Despite a near 5-1 advantage in shots on goal, the Brownwood Lady Lions were unable to string together back-to-back victories.
The Lady Lions could not find the net in Tuesday’s 2-0 District 8-4A soccer loss to Copperas Cove at Gordon Wood Stadium. The loss dropped Brownwood to 1-6-1 in league play and 3-15-2 overall.
Copperas Cove attempted just five shots on goal, but made two. The Lady Lions were denied on each of their unofficial 25 attempts.
“What’s frustrating is we’re playing good soccer, we’re just not seeing the results,” said Lady Lions head coach Brian Davis. “Tonight we stopped the ball well, passed the ball well, all the fundamental things we talk about. It was some of the best soccer we played all year. We still have a lot of young players and they’re still learning some things.”
The Lady Lions will head to Abilene Friday for a 6 p.m. contest against the district-leading Wylie Lady Bulldogs.