Opponents are finding Stephenville offensive of late.
The good kind of offensive if you're pulling for the Yellow Jackets.
"We've been moving the ball well the last few games, which has given us good chances to score," said Stephenville boys soccer head coach Joe Carter. "We played some good teams like Cleburne and Joshua real well, especially offensively."
Carter and the Yellow Jackets hope to continue to pressure opponents with aggressive offense throughout the playoffs, which begin tonight when they battle Crowley. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Aledo's Bearcat Stadium, following the Honeybees against Mansfield Lake Ridge at 5:30 p.m.
"We just need to play our game, keep being offensive and get after it on defense," said Carter.
At the back of the defense is Noble Alexander, who has been filling in for the injured Ernesto Nava.
"We just need to keep them from having as many chances and give Noble a chance back there," said Carter. "He played well the other day."
That was in the regular season finale, a 2-1 win over Joshua at Lem Brock Field last Tuesday.
"Noble played a heck of a game the other night and competes so hard," Carter said. "I'm not afraid to open the playoffs with him in net."
Especially if the offense continues to attack.
"We need to be the ones applying the pressure. We have to attack any time we get the chance in transition and try to score on some breakaways," Carter said. "We have to finish off chances and make goals. We've been doing that lately, now we just have to continue it in the playoffs."
Against a high-caliber opponent.
"Crowley beat Everman 5-0, and we played Everman early in the year and beat them 2-1, so we know they are good. They come from a good soccer district along with Burleson Centennial who we saw in the playoffs last year," Carter said. "But we've also proven we can beat those quality teams."
And to keep the season alive, they'll have to do it again.
"If we get after it on defense and stay aggressive and keep moving the ball on offense, I think we'll be fine," Carter concluded. "We just have to play our game and fight to the finish."