After a pair of close calls, the Brownwood Lady Lions finally earned their first District 4-4A soccer victory Friday night, needing a shootout to down the Stephenville Honeybees, 4-3, at Gordon Wood Stadium.
Coming off a 1-0 loss at Abilene Wylie in the district opener, allowing the only goal in the final three minutes, and suffering a 5-4 shootout loss at Mineral Wells earlier this week, Lady Lions head coach Keith Robinson felt his team learned from the lessons presented in defeated.
“We covered two things on two fronts,” Robinson said. “We covered the game where we didn’t finish against Wylie and gave up the goal late. We made sure to scramble and we made sure to keep it going and fought the full 80 minutes.
“Then we covered the game against Mineral Wells and took care of what we needed to in the box when it came to the shootout. Channing Barron was a monster tonight in goal during regulation and the shootout. She owned the box and it showed.”
Barron saved a pair of Stephenville attempts in the shootout and a third sailed high.
Meanwhile, the Lady Lions received goals from Miranda Guerrero, Madison Chesser and Tristan Escamilla to secure the win.
Escamilla also scored for the Lady Lions in the first half, while an own goal in the second half allowed Stephenville to pull even.
“I believe we were the better team and we got the result we’ve needed that we haven’t gotten,” Robinson said. “This district is still one of the best in the state and all four of the teams are among the best in the region.”
Next up, the Lady Lions (7-5, 1-2) host Abilene Wylie at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Stephenville 2, Lions 1
Seeking a second straight District 4-4A victory, the Brownwood Lions yielded the decisive goal with 15 minutes left as the Stephenville Yellow Jackets left Gordon Wood Stadium with a 2-1 win.
The Lions, who were coming off a 2-1 victory at Mineral Wells Tuesday, had a couple of chances to tie the game late, but couldn’t find the net.
“They fought hard, we just weren’t able to pull it out in the end,” said Lions interim head coach Keith Robinson. “We are two very even teams, but in different ways. We’re a little more athletic, but their soccer knowledge and experience tipped it in their favor.
“Their guy who had the guts to try the bicycle kick and then pull it off, props to him, it was well done to put them up a goal late.”
The Lions’ goal was scored by Braden Bushnell and a late header by Brownwood almost tied the contest, but was slightly off the mark.
“The first half we were a little slow and mopey and let Stephenville dictate play,” Robinson said. “In the second half they picked it up and started earning some chances and getting some shots on goal. We just couldn’t put another one in the net.
“I’m very proud of the way they played, but we have to put two good halves together.”
The Lions (1-9-1, 1-2) will attempt to bounce back at 7 p.m. Tuesday when Abilene Wylie visits.