BURLESON - For Stephenville, the wait continues.
After winning the school’s first girls soccer playoff game in three seasons in a bi-district shootout last week, the Honeybees’ hopes of claiming the school’s first area championship were denied in a 1-0 loss to District 5-4A champion Keller Fossil Ridge Tuesday.
Fossil Ridge advances to Friday’s Class 4A Region I quarterfinal round against the winner of Tuesday’s area playoff between Aledo and Wichita Falls.
After a scoreless first half, Fossil Ridge set up the only goal of the night with a corner kick that was deflected into the net with 25:10 remaining in the game.
Stephenville had two good chances with the ball in position for the tying goal, the best of which came with 8:46 left on the clock when Mariah Cortez dropped a short pass off to Ashlii McCabe in front of the net. McCabe was tackled by a Fossil Ridge defender as she took the shot, causing it to roll harmlessly to the keeper.
Caitlyn Cline put pressure on at the 20:00 minute mark, but a shot traveled well wide as it crossed the goal from right to left.
The Honeybees were unable to mount an attack during the first 40 minutes with the stiff South wind at their backs, and had to fight it during the second half. Much of the half with the wind was spent fighting for the ball in the defensive zone.
Fossil Ridge kept Hillari Chambers working all night in net for Stephenville. Chambers was pressured right off the bat when the Panthers missed a shot over the cross bar. The eearly pressure set the tempo for the rest of the night.
Late in the first half, Fossil Ridge missed on two shots and Chambers saved another all between the four and eight minute marks.
Stephenville missed a good scoring chance early in the second half when a ball off the knee of McCabe went over the goal. McCabe was given the opportunity when painted her in front of the net with a perfectly placed corner kick.
The loss closes the book on the 2007-08 Bees, who won the bi-district title for the first time since 2005, and finished second in District 8-4A.