After Friday's home clash with Aledo at Lem Brock Field, Stephenville High School girls coach Casey Weil suggested that soccer can be a “weird” game.
The defending Class 4A state champion Honeybees lost for the first time this season, 3-1, to the Class 5A Lady Bearcats. They were coming off a 2-2 tie in their previous game, at Liberty Hill — the team the Bees defeated in last year's state championship game by a 2-0 margin.
When asked to give his take on Friday's loss, Weil indicated his team's performances in their last two games — both against strong competition — were not indicative of the outcome.
“I would say soccer is a weird game,” said Weil, whose team is now 11-1-1. “We played so bad against Liberty Hill, and so good against Aledo.”
In the current online rankings published by MaxPreps, SHS slipped from No. 3 to sixth, while Liberty Hill (6-1-3) moved up to No. 1.
The Bees trailed Aledo 1-0 early, but tied it with an unassisted goal by Claire Choate at the 35:59 mark. Aledo (5-4-4) wrapped up the scoring before halftime, with goals at the 11:06 mark and with 2:03 left before the break.
“We had 80 percent of the possessions in the second half (in the loss to Aledo). I bet we had 15 shots to their two. I thought we played extremely well. They're good. They did some things that caused us problems.”
The Honeybees were still not at full strength because of various injuries that have sidelined several key starters including Beatris Chavarria, Gracie Bales and Abby Harrison. Bales, who continues to recover from a leg injury, did not start but played limited minutes.
“The girls that are playing did a fantastic job,” Weil said.
Friday marked the first defeat for the Honeybees since they dropped a district matchup against Brownwood by a 4-3 margin in a shootout late in the 2019 regular season. They capped that 2019 state championship season with a 25-1-2 overall record. The SHS girls finished at 23-4 in 2018 when they were eliminated in the regional semifinals. They were 25-4 when they won their first-ever state title in 2017.
The Honeybees play Tuesday (Jan. 28) at Wichita Falls High School (varsity at 7 p.m.). Their next game is set for Tuesday (Feb. 4) at home against Abilene Wylie (varsity at 6:30 p.m.).