Tuesday’s soccer game for the Stephenville Honeybees was a rematch — sort of — of last year’s Class 4A state championship matchup. This time, however, it was only a regular-season game.
The Bees traveled to Liberty Hill, where they rallied from a 2-0 deficit to post a 2-2 tie before returning home, still unbeaten this season (9-0-1).
Last April, the Bees captured their second state championship in three years with a 2-0 victory over Liberty Hill in the 2019 state final.
Beatris Chavarria scored Stephenville’s first goal, unassisted.
The tying goal for the Bees was recorded by Ciara Johnston, off an assist from Tori Cameron.
SHS head coach Casey Weil noted that the Honeybees are “pretty banged up right now.”
Going into Tuesday’s contest, the MaxPreps online 4A state rankings had Midlothian Heritage at No. 1, followed by Liberty Hill second and SHS third.
After falling behind Liberty Hill 2-0 in the first half, the Bees closed the gap to 2-1 shortly before intermission. They tied it in the second half.
“I thought we had a slow start, and me as a coach needs to do a better job of getting the girls ready to play,” Weil stated. “But the girls showed a lot of heart and grit during the game. (We) had some girls step up and play well for us.”
The Honeybees were scheduled to play at home on Friday (Jan. 24) at Lem Brock Field in another non-district game, versus Class 5A Aledo (varsity at 7 p.m.). After a game Tuesday at Wichita Falls High, they will be idle until Feb. 4 when they are slated to play at home against Abilene Wylie (6:30 p.m.).