The state’s top-ranked Class 4A girls soccer team, the Stephenville Honeybees, returned from the Fredericksburg Hill Country Classic with the tournament title, and with their unbeaten record intact.
Coach Casey Weil’s Honeybees defeated St. Mary’s Hall, a private school from San Antonio, 6-0 in the championship game Saturday evening to secure the trophy.
The all-tournament team includes four SHS players — Beatris Chavarria, Claire Choate, Ciara Johnston and Gracie Bales.
The Honeybees outscored their three opponents in the tournament by a combined 17-2 margin.
“I thought we played extremely well,” said Weil, whose squad is No. 1 in the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches 4A rankings. “Any time that you score 17 goals and only allow two, you give yourself a pretty good chance of winning.”
The tournament began Friday and the Honeybees whipped Burnet in their opener, 10-1. Johnston had a team-high five goals in that game, plus one assist, while Bales scored four goals and added three assists. Haleigh Beam scored the other goal for the Honeybees and notched three assists. Chavarria picked up two assists.
SHS and Wimberly were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation in their game later that afternoon, but the Honeybees won the game in a shootout to advance to the title game. In regulation, Bales had the lone SHS goal, with an assist from Johnston. SHS got three penalty kick goals to win that game — one each from Choate, Chavarria and Bales.
In the win over St. Mary’s Hall, Bales led the SHS offensive output with four goals.
Johnston scored two goals and recorded a team-high four assists. Choate and Haleigh Beam contributed one assist each.
The Honeybees were scheduled to play Tuesday at Kennedale (5 p.m.). Their next outing will be this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 18-19) in the Stephenville Soccer Association Tournament. The first game for the varsity girls is set for 11:30 a.m. against Graham and their second game of the day will be at 2:30 p.m.
The SHS boys will also be playing in the local Knights of Columbus tournament Friday and Saturday at the Stephenville Soccer Complex.