Lightning and bees can both be hazards, although you may be more likely to get zapped by the Bees from Stephenville — the defending girls Class 4A state champion soccer team.
After a lightning delay that lasted an hour and 25 minutes, the Honeybees beat Mineral Wells 2-0 Friday night in their Region I-4A quarterfinal girls soccer playoff game at Aledo High School.
The victory sends coach Casey Weil's defending state champion Honeybees (23-3) into the regional tournament at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex in North Richland Hills. They will take on Midlothian Heritage in the regional semifinal round at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13. The Lady Jaguars, champions of District 8-4A, improved to 25-3-1 on the season with their 3-1 victory over Kennedale in their regional quarterfinal last week.
In the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A soccer rankings, Heritage is No. 3 and Stephenville is fifth. The Honeybees have won 17 of their last 18 games, and that stretch includes 16 shutouts.
The winner of the SHS-Heritage playoff will play at 1 p.m. on Saturday against either Abilene Wylie or Fort Worth Castleberry. The survivor qualifies for the state tournament, April 18-19, at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.
The Honeybees, who won the District 4-4A championship outright with an 8-1 mark, swept all three league matchups over Wylie.
Heritage has outscored its opponents 119-14 overall this season, and enjoyed a 50-2 scoring margin in sweeping all eight of its district matchups. The Lady Jaguars will enter the Friday the 13th contest having won 13 games in a row. They bounced Lake Worth out of the playoffs in the bi-district round, 6-0, then got by Celina in the area round, 2-0. They advanced to the regional tourney with their 3-1 win over Kennedale last Friday.
That victory was even more notable in the fact that Kennedale had won the 2016 and 1017 Class 4A state championships.
In Friday's win for the Honeybees, Ciara Johnston provided a 1-0 lead off an assist by Claire Choate, with about 10 minutes left in the first half.
Teammate Gracie Bales provided the second goal, again off a Choate assist, with about eight minutes left in the second half.
The game began on time, at 5 p.m., but the lightning caused the game to be delayed with 26:53 on the clock in the first half.
Coach Weil said of the delay, "For me as a coach, it was quite annoying. The girls, it didn't seem to affect them."
Despite the lightning, and some severe storms in the North Texas region Friday evening, Weil said they avoided having any rain, although they had to battle wind gusts up to 40 mph.
It marked the fourth win in as many meetings with the District 4-4A Lady Rams, after the Honeybees swept all three meetings in league play.