LIBERTY HILL — The Brownwood Lady Lions' soccer season got off a to a rocky start with an 8-0 loss to Midlothian Heritage Thursday to begin play in the Liberty Hill tournament.

“The biggest thing is Midlothian Heritage had a lot of returners while we graduated nine or 10 seniors from last year,” said Lady Lions head coach Andrew Stevenson. “I've got 10 or 11 new players this year, and they're a really good team, so I'm glad that we played them first because they showed us the areas we need to work on. I thought the girls handled the whole situation well and played tough.”

The Lady Lions will face Copperas Cove at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Paris North Lamar at 4:45 p.m. Friday and Salado at 8 a.m. Saturday to conclude tournament action.

“What I told them is this tournament doesn't affect district or playoffs, this gives us an opportunity to play teams that we normally don't get to, so just focus on how we want to play, don't change because of who we're playing,” Stevenson said. “We want to win, we want to compete, but we want to have fun as well.”


Austin Crockett 7, Lions 0


GEORGETOWN — The Brownwood Lions began their soccer season Thursday with a 7-0 loss to Austin Crockett in the first day of the Georgetown Governor's Cup — a three-day, 45-match event taking place over three venues.

Crockett jumped on the Lions with four goals in the first half and added three more in the second.

“We had a hard time possessing the ball and controlling the midfield and we were unable to keep them from passing through our back line and attacking our goal,” said Lions head coach Scott Swanzy. “We're very young and we're missing several players, but I cannot complain about the effort. We must do a better job defending and controlling the ball. I felt like our goalies did a pretty good job defending and had many saves.”

The Lions are slated to continue tournament action at 2:30 p.m. Friday against Johnson Hays and 12:40 p.m. Saturday against Sherman.