With two goals in the final 15 minutes, the defending District 34-4A boys soccer champion Brownwood Lions evened their league record with a 2-1 victory over the Lampasas Badgers Friday at Gordon Wood Stadium.

Coming off a 3-1 home loss to Gatesville in their district opener, Friday’s game was critical if the Lions (5-5-2, 1-1) intend to defend their crown.

“We needed this,” said Lions first-year head coach Blake Danaher. “They remember how sour they felt Tuesday. We came out ready tonight and capitalized on some chances against a very good team. We just kept the ball a little bit more.”

Austin Snyder scored the decisive goal with 6:12 remaining on a penalty kick that was set up by Hugo Yebra’s penetration into the heart of the Lampasas defense.

“Hugo beat the guy one on one,” Danaher said. “He was confident, got to the end line and they did what they had to do. We were fortunate enough to get the foul and Austin buried it.”

Yebra also put the Lions on the board with 14:17 remaining in the contest after Lampasas had held the lead for almost 45 minutes.

“We knew it was going to come, we’d been playing well all night,” Danaher said. “An opportunity came and Hugo finally put it in the back of the net.”

The Badgers tallied their only goal with 19:06 left in the first half, and were unable to find another hole in the Brownwood defense.

“It was a great performance,” Danaher said of the defense. “Our backs were organized, there was a lot of communication and they finally came together.”

The Lions will visit Robinson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.