Lions drop 1-0 road decision at Gainesville

KERRVILLE — The Brownwood Lady Lions’ blazing start to the season continued Saturday as they captured the Kerrville Tivy tournament championship, defeating Fredericksburg, 4-1, and LaVernia, 2-0, on the final day of the event.

The Lady Lions improved to 7-2-1 with the victories after collecting just 10 wins a season ago — with two coming in the playoffs.

“A renewed sense of confidence is the biggest thing,” Lady Lions head coach Keith Robinson said regarding Brownwood’s early success. “That’s what I wanted us to gather going into the Kennedale tournament and it carried over to the Princeton tournament and again this weekend. The work ethic, the mentality of the girls is so upbeat. They have high spirits, they’re bringing an overall positive attitude to the program and it’s paying off dividends left and right.”

In Saturday’s three-goal win over Fredericksburg, the Lady Lions led 2-0 at halftime following a pair of Tristan Escamilla goals. The first came five minutes into the contest with an assist from Ashley Strong, while Jaycee Lenz assisted the second.

Fredericksburg cut the Brownwood lead in half, 2-1, with 10:40 left, but Kelsie Pulley scored on a penalty kick created by Maddy Garza. Garza later added a goal assisted by Miranda Guerrero.

Against LaVernia, Pulley broke a scoreless tie with 15:20 left as she scored on a penalty kick following a hand ball. Escamilla added an insurance goal, unassisted, with 3:50 remaining.

“At times we were a little overeager,” Robinson said of the Lady Lions’ Saturday performance. “I felt like the teams we played today were a little overmatched. It was a little one-sided for us and we were trying to press and get the goals that would eventually come. It took a little bit of patience on our end, a little more control mentally and picking our spots instead of rushing in and trying to force goals.”

The Lady Lions host Alvarado Friday in their home opener.

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Gainesville 1, Lions 0

GAINESVILLE — Playing their third game in as many days, the Brownwood Lions were dealt their second loss in that span, falling to Gainesville by a 1-0 count Saturday.

The Lions (1-5-1) began the weekend with a 2-0 victory over Alvarado Thursday followed by a 3-0 loss at Paris Friday.

The next action for the Lions is Friday night when they welcome Odessa Permian.