Stephenville is playoff bound in boys soccer, and the Jackets are peparing to face off with experienced playoff contender Fort Worth Arlington Heights in the opening round on Friday.
The Bi-District contest kicks off at 8 p.m. at Burleson High School, following the Honeybees, who begin the double header at 6 p.m. (See HS Girls Soccer, same page)
Stephenville has posted 14 shut outs this season, and will need another strong effort from goal keeper Trey Auvenshine and the defense.
Arlington Heights, despite being the No. 3 seed from District 7-4A, is coming in hot after knocking off district champ Aledo, 4-1, in the regular season finale. Immediately before that was a victory in a shoot out after tying 1-1 in regulation against FW Northside, the No. 2 seed in the league.
“They’re coming in feeling good about themselves, that’s for sure,” said Stephenville coach Ramsay Wright, who scouted Arlington Heights’ game against Aledo Monday. “They have real good team speed. You can’t coach speed, and it looks like they have it.”
Arlington Heights eliminated Brownwood in the opening round in 2007, and went on to the Region I semifinals before falling to eventual state state semifinalist Wichita Falls Rider.
Stephenville also made the playoffs last season, and was eliminated in bi-district action by North Side, who also marched through to the regional semifinals.
SHS enters the contest with an overall record of 19-4-2, while Arlington Heights is 16-3-2.
“They’re definitely going to tough and experienced,” said Wright, “but if we play up to our capability it should