An area championship hangover didn't affect Stephenville Tuesday as they jumped out to an early lead over Brownwood and didn't look back securing a regional tournament spot with a 3-0 win.
The Honeybees truly couldn't have started the game much better.
With hardly three minutes off the clock, forward Gracie Bales sent a ball low across the penalty area which was finished by Haleigh Beam at the far post to start the scoring.
Only minutes later Bales and Beam hooked up once again as Bales fought through several Brownwood defenders and found Beam who beat a rushing Lady Lions' goalkeeper for the second goal. The second breakthrough gave Stephenville a commanding 2-0 lead with 33:51 remaining in the first half.
"We talked about it following what happened with Mineral Wells and Abilene Wylie last night, we came out quick and we didn't take anything for granted," said Honeybee head coach Casey Weil. "It's nothing different than we've done all year, we just finished the chances. It was key to the game to dictate how the rest of it would go."
Following halftime, Brownwood came out of the break pushing for a breakthrough and created a couple of solid chances that were ultimately wasted.
After surviving the flurry of shots from the Lady Lions, Haleigh Beam snatched an assist finding Ciara Johnston in the box whom headed home moving the Honeybees' advantage to 3-0 with 20:54 remaining in the match.
"We've gotten to the regional tournament a couple times now and we feel like we need to get over the hump and I think we can," said Weil. "We've got Melissa, but I think we're one of the best teams in the state and we just have to do what we know that we're capable of."
With the victory, the Honeybees advance to the regional tournament which will be held at the Birdville Fine Arts Athletic Complex. Stephenville will play Melissa at either noon or 2 p.m.