Stephenville assured itself a second place finish in the District 7-4A boys soccer race when a big second half led to a 3-1 victory at Abilene Wylie Tuesday.
The win, paired with Brownwood's loss to district champ San Angelo Lake View, means SHS, with a 7-4 league mark, will be alone in second. Brownwood is 5-6.
A misplayed ball by the Yellow Jackets set up Wylie's only goal in the opening half, but it was all Stephenville from there.
"In the second half we played some real good soccer, some of the best we've played all year," said first-year Stephenville head coach Stacey Smith. "That's what you want right now with one more district game then the playoffs. I feel good about where we're at."
Lupe Espinoza broke the ice for Stephenvile, evening the tally at 1-1 in the 50th minute with an assist from Alex Sanchez.
Espinoza would later return the favor, placing one perfectly in the box where Sanchez went up and headed one past the keeper to finish the scoring in the 73rd minute.
"That was as pretty a goal as we've had in a while," said Smith. "Lupe hit it perfect and Sanchez was all over it."
Blake Barnes scored unassisted in between - just three minutes before Sanchez's back breaker - to put Stephenville on top for good.
"We just really executed things in the second half, and we've proven that when we do that we can play some really good soccer," Smith said.
The Jackets conclude regular season play at San Angelo Lake View at 6 p.m. Friday following a 4 p.m. junior varsity match.
"We need to go out and execute again on Friday. Lake View's the district champ, and that will be a good test for us going into the playoffs."
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