Brownwood scores in first two minutes, posts second shutout

Tristan Escamilla found the back of the net less than two minutes into the contest, and the Brownwood Lady Lions made the only goal of the night stand in a 1-0 victory over Class 6A Midland Lee in Friday night’s home opener at Gordon Wood Stadium.

Escamilla recorded her sixth goal of the season just 1:53 into the contest, and has now scored in all four games for the Lady Lions (3-1) — who have reeled off three straight victories.

“These games can be dangerous when you score that early because you think it’s over,” said Lady Lions head coach Keith Robinson. “(Lee) hung around and kept playing and eventually got a few chances late. The chances weren’t anything dangerous, but we should have done a better job making sure this game was out of hand.”

Defensively, the Lady Lions posted their second shutout in the last three outings as Channing Barron turned away every Lee attempt on goal, which were few and far between thanks to the back row play of Jamicah Bushnell, Taylar Kinzler and Maddy Garza.

“The back three right now, it’s hard to change them out,” Robinson said. “That was the one weakness we remedied from last year, but I wish I could get more players playing time. But when you have a back line that doesn’t give up anything and are doing what they need to, it’s hard to change out players. Right now the back line is going to stay in is because they’re not giving anything up.”

The Lady Lions owned possession throughout much of the opening half, but weren’t able to add to their lead. While Midland Lee made more of a push in the second half, Brownwood was able to keep the Lady Rebels at bay.

“The first half dominance seemed to be very evident,” Robinson said. “We played a much better game in the first half than we did the second half. We had the composure to go forward, we were playing smarter and we weren’t as tired. We just didn’t have it fall when it came to hitting the back of the net. We got one early but we couldn’t connect on one solidly after that.

“In the second half we had tired legs and when we get tired the first thing that goes is our brains. We started to force things that we shouldn’t have been forcing. We tried to do things the right way, but at that point trying wasn’t getting it done. But I was still very pleased overall.”

The Lady Lions return to action next weekend at the Georgetown tournament as they face Burnet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Mansfield at 4 p.m. Friday and Round Rock Westwood at 2 p.m. Saturday.