Stephenville didn't allow a goal defensively, won seemingly every ball in the midfield and displayed all their weapons in a balanced scoring attack to dominate the Knights of Columbus Challenge of Champions presented by Southwest Dairy Farmers Friday and Saturday.
The Honeybees blasted Waco University 4-0 in the championship match Saturday afternoon at Stephenville Soccer Complex. Four different Honeybees scored and University never attempted a shot.
Bamma Strohmeyer ripped one just over the outreached arms of the University keeper and just under the crossbar to get the party started in the opening minutes.
Tournament MVP Abby Cole stabbed a penalty kick left of the keeper for a 2-0 lead moments later. The Lubbock Christian commit received the PK because Bayleigh Chaviers was shoved down from behind on a breakaway.
The Bees had plenty of other first-half chances, including a shot just high by Chaviers, and one that ricocheted off the left post from Carly Choate.
A pair of headers found the back of the net in the second half. Erin Couch headed home a corner kick from Shelbey Stone, and Codi Beyer did the same with a cross from all-tournament selection Bayleigh Chaviers.
"I was very pleased with the way we played all weekend," said Stephenville head coach Casey Weil. "We were a little slow (Saturday) morning, but that's to be expected after playing all day Friday then getting up and doing it again early on Saturday. We still played well enough to win, but it wasn't our best.
"Outside of that, I thought we were outstanding," Weil added. "Our defense was great, our girls really took a lot of pride in winning every loose ball in the midfield, and a lot of girls scored."
The Bees (4-0-1) scored at least three goals in every match throughout the event, and didn't allow one all weekend. The tournament employed 30 minute halves instead of the customary 40, and Stephenville has now played 316 minutes without allowing a goal.
In pool play, SHS beat Lampasas 4-0 and Weatherford 6-0 on Friday. They concluded their pool championship by defeating Waco University's junior varsity club 3-0 Saturday morning.
Whitley Hayes, Tatum Sharp, Cole and Chaviers scored against Lampasas. Hayes, Erin Couch, Choate, Sharp, Cole and Beyers found the net against Weatherford. Cole, Beyers and Sharp had goals against University's JV.
Cole had four goals in the tournament, one in each match. Sharp had three goals over the weekend, while Beyers and Hayes each scored twice.
"It really shows what kind of team we have - balanced and unselfish," Weil said. "We're a true team with everyone getting involved."
Brooke Sanderford was elected to the all-tournament team from Stephenville's JV club.