After falling short in their first two matches against district rival No. 5 Abilene Wylie, the No. 13 Honeybees finally bridged the gap Tuesday when they defeated the Lady Bulldogs in a nail biting penalty shootout, 4-3.
Throughout regulation it was Stephenville who dictated most of the play with Abilene Wylie happy to sit back and counter off of turnovers. After the first half, the Lady Bulldogs had placed more attempts on goal than Stephenville despite the Honeybees dominating possession.
Stephenville's defense tightened up even more in the second half, however, they did have to call upon goalkeeper Madison Wyly several times in the second half to ensure the game remained scoreless until the end of regulation.
Once the penalty shootout began it was Claire Choate who sank Stephenville's first attempt to give the Honeybees an early advantage.
Stephenville goalkeeper Alyssa Northcutt was subbed in for Wyly and she saved the Lady Bulldogs first and fourth attempts.
Beatris Chavarria, Alexis De Los Santos and Hayleigh Beam scored the other three Stephenville kicks from the spot, while Northcutt watched Wylie's final attempt go wide to clinch the win.
"Obviously Madison did well to get us to the penalty shootout. They had one in regulation I thought that they scored on, but she (Wyly) made an incredible save," said Honeybee head coach Casey Weil. "I told them (Wyly and Northcutt) before the game if it came down to this we may try switching them out. They (Abilene Wylie) didn't miss one shot the last time we went into a shootout with them and tonight they missed several. Something was clearly a little different to throw them off."