Stephenville had its chances, but couldn’t knock off league-leader San Angelo Lake View in the District 7-4A and regular-season finales for both teams on the road Friday.
The Yellow Jackets mishandled a ball in the back that led to an easy Lake View goal and a 1-0 victory for the district-champ Chiefs.
“We did something we do all the time,” said Stephenville head coach Ramsay Wright. “Our fullback shielded the ball so the keeper could come out and get it.
“But this time we just botched it and the result was a loose ball, and we just couldn’t handle it,” he added.
The goal came midway through the second half of what was otherwise a well-played defensive game by Stephenville.
“For the most part we played real well defensively,” said Wright. “That’s how we’ve been all season, and that’s what gives us a chance to win in the playoffs is that we’re strong on defense.”
The one mistake on defense wasn’t the only thing keeping the Jackets from upending the league champs a second time.
“We had several opportunities on the offensive end, we just couldn’t finish,” Wright said.
None stood out more than the two chances Stephenville had early in the second half.
“We had two real good chances right there back-to-back at the start of the second half, but it was just typical of the way the whole game went - we couldn’t finish,” Wright said.
The Yellow Jackets finished third in 7-4A, and after returning from San Angelo learned they will face 5-4A champ Amarillo Caprock in the opening round of the 4A playoffs next week.
A site and date has not yet been decided for the opening-round match, and Wright said no decisions are likely to be finalized until its clear who the schools’ girls teams face.
Caprock won the 5-4A championship, its first district title in school history.