Mikah Smith hammered a pair of corner kicks into the netting for two Stephenville goals as the Honeybees turned back Brownwood, 3-1, in District 7-4A soccer at Gordon Wood Stadium Monday night.
Smith’s goals proved to be the difference in the win that has Stephenville eyeing a shot at a district co-championship. That is exactly what awaits the Bees if they can take down Abilene Wylie at Lem Brock Field Friday.
“Once again, we’re right where we need to be,” said Stephenville head coach Casey Weil. “We played really solid (Monday). I mean from sideline-to-sideline and endline-to-endline, we had a lot of girls getting touches and finding ways to contribute.”
Weil credited his defensive backfield and midfield players with staying in complete control.
“Our midfielders had one of their best games of the season,” he said. “Kelsey (Evans), Melanie (Tucker) and Mariah (Cortez) all played great.”
Weil says it was a slight shift in alignment that has helped his team to dominate the ball control in most recent affairs.
“We went from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2 look and since we made the change the time of possession and ball control have been heavily in our favor, and anytime that happens your chances of winning are obviously better,” said Weil. “Last night they tried to use quick counter attacks when we brought the ball up, but our girls did a good job of not leaving their marks and staying in control of everything in front of them.”
Brownwood’s only goal came on a misfired goal kick from Stephenville. Madison Goodwin’s kick was intercepted and turned into a quick Lady Lion goal.
“That was our only real mistake,” Weil said. “Other than that, we played a great game and had a solid team effort.”