Both teams have played their home openers, but soccer season in Stephenville really gets fired up this weekend.
The Yellow Jackets, Honeybees and their junior varsity clubs are among 19 teams converging on Stephenville Soccer Complex today and Saturday for the 13th annual Knights of Columbus Challenge of Champions presented by Southwest Dairy Farmers.
Stephenville's girls finished second in the event last year. Abilene won the girls title and 4A state champ Waco University claimed the boys crown.
The varsity Honeybees tied Waxahachie 1-1 in their season opener at Lem Brock Field Monday. They allowed a goal in the fourth minute and trailed until Tatum Sharp fired a rebound into the net with assist from Mikayla Hobbs in the 79th minute.
The Yellow Jackets are 2-0. They opened at Everman and won 2-1, then slammed Mineral Wells 5-0 in their home opener Tuesday. David Pinales and Jamie Chavarria each had two goals and two assists and Luis Garcia scored an unassisted goal in the rout.
The varsity and JV Bees are in a field of nine girls teams and are in separate pools. The varsity Bees are in Pool A along with Lorena, Weatherford and Lampasas. The JV Bees, listed by tournament officials as "Stephenville White," are in Pool B with Granbury, Waco University, Canyon and Everman.
The varsity and JV Jackets are in a field of 10 boys clubs, and the JV is again called "Stephenville White." Pool A consists of Stephenville White, Everman, Waco University, Weatherford and Joshua. Pool B includes Stephenville, Lorena, Marble Falls, Waco University White and Weatherford White.
Pool play begins at 10 a.m. today for boys and 11:30 a.m. for girls. Saturday pool play begins at at 9 a.m. for boys and 10:30 a.m. for girls. Pool champs and runners up will face off in the championship and consolation matches at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.