Lady Lions soccer reaches third round of playoffs, ousts Borger, 4-1

Derrick Stuckly Brownwood Bulletin derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
The Region I-4A area soccer champion Brownwood Lady Lions pose with their trophy following Friday night’s 4-1 win over Borger in Wichita Falls.

WICHITA FALLS — The Brownwood Lady Lions extended their win streak to three games — their longest since the opening week of the season — and advanced to the Region I-4A girls soccer quarterfinals with a 4-1 victory over Borger at Memorial Stadium Friday night.

“This shows that all the tough circumstances that we’ve had to overcome has built character and paid off,” said Lady Lions head coach Keith Robinson, whose team won just two of 12 district outings. “We’ve come back from some very tough places and we’re really starting to click.”

Midfielder Jennifer Martinez added, “It’s very surreal and it really hasn’t sunk in yet. The season wasn’t exactly what we wanted it to be, but it’s very rewarding that we’ve come this far. Our mindset is where it needs to be right now and we’re in this 110 percent.”

The fourth seed out of District 4-4A, Brownwood (10-14-1) will clash with 4-4A champion Abilene Wylie — a 2-0 winner over Pampa — in the regional quarterfinals next week. The district rivals will likely flip a coin today for home field and the game will be played either Monday or Tuesday, with the victor advancing to the regional tournament in Kennedale. The Lady Lions will be seeking their first win over Wylie in five attempts this season.

“A couple of games we played against them were lopsided and a couple were very close,” Robinson said. “Right now I think we’re in a very good spot. Regardless of how it comes out, it’s going to be a game to watch.”

In Friday’s victory, the Lady Lions struck first just 6:25 into the contest as Maddie Chesser scored off an assist from Tori Sanchez.

With 24:23 to go before intermission, Brownwood stretched its lead to 2-0 as Sanchez found the net with an assist from Martinez.

Borger shaved Brownwood’s lead in half, 2-1, with 21:32 left in the first half, but the Lady Lions answered at the 4:52 mark.

Tristan Escamilla became the third Lady Lion to score, while Martinez recorded her second assist as the Lady Lions took a 3-1 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

In the second half, Martinez got into the scoring act as she scored unassisted with 23:05 left to boost the Brownwood advantage to 4-1, capping the offensive production.

“We finally decided it was time to start going forward, time to stop passing the ball backward and time to start making plays on top,” Martinez said in regard to the offensive outburst.