The Brownwood Lions claimed their first area soccer championship in program history a year ago, even though they failed to capture their district opener.
Tuesday night at Gordon Wood Stadium, the Lions made sure they did not dig themselves another early hole in the District 8-4A race as they rolled past the Lampasas Badgers, 5-0.
“We not only needed a win, we needed a big win,” said Lions head coach Mitch Moore, whose team snapped a four-game losing streak. “This was a good win and a good start for us in district after a rough weekend.”
The Lions (4-6-1, 1-0) — who lost all three of their matches at the Round Rock Invitational this past weekend — jumped out to a 2-0 lead before halftime as Mason Ellis opened the scoring with the first of his two goals on an assist from Tanner Vaughn with 14 minutes left in the first half.
Two minutes later, a Vaughn corner kick to Travis Holleman led to an assist and the lone goal of the night for Erik Oviedo.
“We controlled the first half and were getting multiple shots on goal,” Moore said. “I knew once we finally made the first one we’d get a lot of shots to go in.”
Brownwood added to its lead just 68 seconds into the second half as Ellis scored again on an assist by Justin Ragsdale.
Jarrod Howey tacked on the Lions’ final two goals on a penalty kick following a hand ball in the box with 23 minutes left, then on a header following an assist from Ellis with 15 minutes left.
Moore also praised the shut out performance of goal keeper David Fisher and the solid defensive efforts of Justin Ragsdale, Payton Ragsdale, Dusty Green and Landon Cantrell.
The Lions will visit Copperas Cove Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Lady Lions 2, Lampasas 1
LAMPASAS — Playing their first district game in program history, the Brownwood Lady Lions edged Lampasas, 2-1, in the 8-4A opener for both teams Tuesday.
Caiti Scalley recorded her first goal of the season on an assist from Raelee Taylor, while Ta’Kenda Cotton found the net following a McKenzie Redwine assist.
“We were able to fight them off and win even though we didn’t play our best,” said Lady Lions head coach Brian Davis.
The Lady Lions (4-4-1, 1-0) will host Copperas Cove Friday at 7:30 p.m.