After dropping a 6-0 decision to Abilene Cooper in the season opener, the Brownwood Lions suffered a narrow 3-2 loss in the rematch Friday night at Gordon Wood Stadium with the visiting Class 5A Cougars scoring the winning goal in the closing minutes.

For the fourth game in a row, the Lions (0-7-1) took an early lead as Daniel Martinez scored on a penalty kick. Cooper responded with two goals before the Lions drew even on the second goal in as many games by defender Alvaro Villarreal. The Cougars, however, were able to find the net once more before time expired.

“Our guys played well tonight,” said Lions head coach Blake Danaher. “We lost to them 6-0 the first time so we knew we had a battle on our hands, but tonight was the first time the guys really played completely together. It was a hard-fought game and it was impressive to see our guys bounce back against them after a 6-0 loss.”

The Lions are off next week and open District 4-4A action Feb. 10 against Abilene Wylie.

“This game definitely gave us some needed positive momentum,” Danaher said. “We didn’t have to have the win, we just needed a solid showing. It’s always fun to go into district with some positive momentum because these guys are chomping at the bit.”

Alvarado 2, Lady Lions 1

ALVARADO — The Brownwood Lady Lions slipped to 6-3 on the season in their final match prior to the start of District 4-4A action, falling at Alvarado, 2-1, Friday night.

Alvarado scored one of its goals on a penalty kick after time expired in the first half, while Brownwood’s Tristan Escamilla had a goal disallowed due to a controversy on whether the ball first struck the cross bar or the football goalpost.

However, head coach Keith Robinson stated that Lady Lions didn’t put forth the type of performance worthy of a victory.

“The first half was not very good at all,” Robinson said. “We came out pretty flat and they came out really hard and outworked us. At the end of the day our midfield got outworked and our back line didn’t step in hard enough to contain the one forward they had. We couldn’t control anything in the center of the field and Alvarado was relentless.”

Miranda Guerrero tallied the goal for the Lady Lions, who are off until Feb. 10 when they tangle with Abilene Wylie to open league play.