By BRAD KEITH

Sports Editor

Brad.keith@empiretribune.com

COPPERAS COVE - There was no looking ahead for the Honeybees on Friday.

Despite a match coming up against Abilene Wylie for a chance to move into a tie for first place in the District 8-4A standings, Stephenville knew that business first had to be handled on the road Friday.

And handled it was, thanks to a corner kick by Danielle Aparicio that found the back of the net with only two minutes remaining. Ashlii McCabe was fouled to set the corner kick up, and Aparicio played it quickly.

Stephenville took the lead on two previous occasions, but both times Copperas Cove had an answer ready.

Caitlin Campbell opened the scoring on a shot that was hammered home after dribbling between defenders, but the Lady Dawgs, after a controversial no call on an apparent offsides violation, came back to knot the score at 1-1.

SHS led again when Caitlyn Cline anticipated the Dawgs’ playing a ball back to their goal keeper. She jumped the pass before the keeper could come meet the ball, got ahead of her and scored into an empty net.

CCHS responded again by crossing the goal with a pass to set up the tying score before Aparacio’s late corner kick won it for Stephenville.

A fight broke out following the match when a Copperas Cove player threw a water bottle at members of the Honeybees. Things quickly got out of control on Copperas Cove’s part, and three Lady Dawgs were officially ejected. They will miss the next district game.

No Stephenville players were carded in th affair.

“Our girls were very smart and stayed very composed,” Stephenville coach Casey Weil said. “We sure didn’t want to lose anybody with Abilene Wylie coming up.”

Stephenville, currently in second place behind Wylie in 8-4A, hosts AWHS on Monday. JV play begins at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m. Wylie won the teams’ first battle, 1-0.