Daniel Taylor and Ishmael Rodriguez scored first-half goals and the Stephenville defense did the rest in a 2-1 defeat of Brownwood last Saturday.

The head-to-head victory gives the Yellow Jackets an advantage as the teams are tied for third-place in district.

Taylor began the scoring early on before Rodriguez took advantage of an assist from Micah Muir midway through the opening half.

“The first half was the best half of soccer we’ve played in a long while,” said Stephenville head coach Ramsay Wright. “We’ve been making some personnel changes looking for a little spark, and something seemed to click for us.”

The Jackets were sparked enough to end a five-game losing skid, a streak that has been a rarity since Wright took over the program.

“I don’t think we’ve lost that many games in a row since I’ve been in Stephenville,” said Wright. “We didn’t look like a team that would lose five in a row (Friday).”

Brownwood scored on a penalty kick in the opening five minutes of the second half, but it was one of the Lions’ few scoring opportunities.

“We didn’t really give them any good looks at the goal,” Wright said. “Our defense was strong.”

The Jackets are idle tonight due to TAKS testing. They have also made a scheduling change for later in the week, moving their match at Abilene Wylie up to Thursday.