For most opponents, defending Stephenville on the soccer field has been a case of pick your poison.

The problem isn't finding a way to stop Kayla Gregory or Caitlyn Cline. It's stopping Gregory and Cline.

It's not that it's a new problem - the two have been terrorizing defenders and amassing goals since Cline set the program's single-season scoring record as a freshman.

Now, as their high school careers - and their days sharing the field together - wind down, the senior Honeybees are aiming for one final sectional title - and then more - in the state playoffs.

Stephenville is fresh off a 6-0 demolition of Amarillo Caprock in the area round of the 4A girls playoffs, and meets Canyon in the sectional round at 4 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.

There was a familiar storyline to the blanking of Caprock - Gregory scoring three goals, on all assists from Cline, and Cline adding two goals, both with assists from Gregory.

"We don't have complete stats on them but I know (Gregory) is first in goals and (Cline) is right behind her in second," said Stephenville head coach Casey Weil. "And (Cline) leads in assists and (Gregory) is second."

That's no surprise, most of Stephenville's goals are scored with the senior forwards working side by side.

"We just click so well together," said Gregory, who has signed with Angelo State. "Even in the beginning of our high school career we always had good chemistry on the field."

Cline agrees, saying she has always enjoyed playing alongside her classmate.

"It makes it easier and fun," said Cline. "You know you have someone there if you get double-teamed. There's always somebody to help."

Cline led in scoring the first two years of their high school career, Gregory the last two. After Cline set the scoring record as a freshman, Gregory burst onto the scene the next spring.

"That was really nice. People knew they had to watch for me, then she came along and took a lot of the pressure off," Cline said. "Ever since then, teams have had to worry about both of us."

Weil says both players are special, but it's the combination of the two that makes them tough to stop.

"When we have them both up there it puts our opponent in a bind," said Weil. "When it's just one, teams can either have their best defender stay on her at all times, or just double-team her.

"When it's both of them, they have to make up their mind how they're going to try and match up," he explained. "That's tough to do, and sometimes it forces them to move someone from up front or from the midfield to help in the back."

After graduating most of its defensive experience from last season's team, Weil experimented early this year with using Cline to off-balance the youth in the back.

"We had some young players back there, and they've actually done better than I ever could have expected," Weil said. "I was worried enough early on that I thought we would need Caitlyn back there, but we ended up being okay with her moving back up front."

When Cline was moved back to her original position alongside Gregory, the Honeybee offense went on a rampage.

"Ever since we put them back together, they've been huge, especially with them being able to produce so many goals," said Weil. "When they're scoring like they have been lately it takes the pressure off the defense and the midfield, and then those girls relax and play better."

Cline and Gregory admit it was frustrating being on opposite ends of the field.

"I understood being moved around," Cline said. "But whenever I was up front I wanted to help in the back, but then I saw Kayla getting double-teamed and I wanted to help her, too."

"It was frustrating," Gregory chimed in. "We were trying new things, but then we realized we need us together up top."

And so that's exactly where Weil put them - alongside each other once again - much to the dismay of opposing defenders.

"It makes my job easier," he said of having them both at forward. "With them together in the front, we always know that if we get into trouble, we just kick the ball forward and one of them is probably going to get to it and get something started."

Against Canyon, Weil and both standouts feel they will get plenty of scoring opportunities. The key, all three say, will be capitalizing on them.

That's what they didn't do when the Bees fell to Canyon 2-1 in the Challenge of Champions in Stephenville early in the season.

"We had opportunities we should have finished but we didn't," Cline said. "We definitely should have beat them."

Weil agrees with his four-year letterwinner.

"When we played them the first time, both (Cline and Gregory) had several chances in front of the goal and just didn't finish," Weil said. "I have no doubt they're going to get chances Friday. We just have to finish."

If finishing scoring chances is the key, that means the pressure is on for Gregory and Cline.

Which is exactly how they like it.

"We're used to it," Gregory said. "We always put pressure on ourselves."

If the Bees can finish their opportunities Friday, they would land in the regional quarterfinals against either El Paso Irvin or El Paso Ysleta, meaning they would be just one step away from the school's second regional tournament berth.

"We've been shooting for the regional finals," Gregory said, before Cline spoke up right on cue, adding, "then hopefully on to the state tournament."

If teams can't stop Gregory and Cline, anything is possible.