Sometimes it just isn't meant to be.
That was Stephenville head coach Casey Weil's thoughts on his team's 3-2 shootout loss to San Angelo Lakeview after the teams played to a 2-2 tie in regulation.
"We actually played really, really well," said Weil. "The girls played very hard and did everything we could have asked of them. But, this is soccer, and sometimes you play well and it still doesn't work out."
The Honeybees fell to 18-4-2 on the year, and are currently 4-2 in District 7-4A action.
"You always want to win, but to be honest, this didn't really hurt us much. We're still second in the district standings, and I feel like we're right where we need to be entering the last week of the season."
Lakeview's first goal came on a shot that Weil says he doesn't believe a keeper in the state could have handled.
"A girl just hammered the ball from 20 yards out, and I mean she shot it into the upper 90 part of the goal," Weil said. "There wasn't anything we could do about it."
Stephenville answered with a goal by Caitlin Cline to tie the score at 1-1.
Later, after Lakeview took a 2-1 edge again, Honeybee senior Hilde Talsma found the back of the net for a 2-2 tie to setup the shootout.
Both teams scored on their opening shootout kicks before neither connected on the second or third opportunities. Both scored again in round four to tie the shootout at 2-2, before only Lakeview managed a goal on the fifth and final tries.
"It's hard to be disappointed when you played really well, regardless of the outcome," Weil said. "The girls gave it their best, for the most part we controlled the game, and it just didn't work out."
The Bees travel to Brownwood on Monday for a 6 p.m. JV match and 8 p.m. varsity game, and then close out district and regular season play at home against Abilene Wylie on Friday.