The weather wasn’t nice, but the outcome was for the Stephenville Honeybees as they slipped past Brownwood for a 3-2 shootout victory in their District 4-4A soccer contest.
The game had been moved from Stephenville to Brownwood because of weather problems, but the teams still had to play in cold, rainy conditions on a slick turf field.
The win — the eighth in a row for the Honeybees — to 3-0 in District 4-4A, and 16-2 overall.
After the teams battled to a 0-0 tie in regulation in their defensive struggle, Coach Casey Weil’s Honeybees got goals from Brinkley Harlow, Beatris Chavarria and Courtney Langley.
SHS goal keeper Alyssa Northcutt made a save on Brownwood’s final shootout kick attempt to clinch the tight victory.
“Any time you play Brownwood at Brownwood and come up with a win, that’s huge,” said Weil, whose Honeybees were 1-2 in district at this point last season, on the way to eventually capturing the Class 4A state championship. “I truly believe it’s the hardest district in the state. It’s very competitive. We’re 3-0 and I'm extremely pleased.”
The Honeybees play at home Tuesday against Mineral Wells. Their next game will also be at home at Lem Brock Field against Abilene Wylie, with a 5 p.m. start for the varsity girls, followed by the varsity boys.
“Every single game is the biggest game we’re going to play — kind of a must win,” Weil said.
The Honeybees were off their usual schedule last week because of being out of school for three days. And the game was originally set to be played in Stephenville, but was moved to Brownwood because of the ice storm that caused the school shutdown.
“We definitely were out of our routine, and we definitely didn’t play up to our abilities,” Weil said, noting that three players are back in action after being sidelined with the flu.