Stephenville High School’s Honeybees, the defending Class 4A state soccer champions, opened district play Friday in Mineral Wells with a 3-1 road victory over the Lady Rams.

The Honeybees got their first goal from Gracie Bales early in the game, followed by two from Ciara Johnston early in the second half for a 3-0 lead before the Lady Rams could get on the scoreboard. Cheney Carrillo recorded assists on the first and third SHS goals, and Haleigh Beam had the assist on Johnston’s first tally.

“I think that we played well,” SHS head coach Casey Weil said. “Mineral Wells kind of packed a lot of people in front of the goal, which made it difficult for us to score. I am proud of the way we played starting district.”

Both the SHS varsity girls and boys soccer teams will resume play at home on Friday, Feb. 21 when they take on Brownwood in their second District 6-4A contest, at Lem Brock Field. The girls matchup is set to start at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m.

The Bees, who improved to 13-1-1 on the season and 1-0 in district, are currently ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps Class 4A girls online state rankings. The Brownwood girls — who handed the Bees their only district loss last season — are ranked No. 31.

At Mineral Wells, the Bees gained a 1-0 lead at the 38:25 mark in the first half when Bales scored.

SHS went up 2-0 at the 38:48 mark in the second half, and made it 3-0 with 33 minutes remaining in the game before the Lady Rams could find the net.

The game marked the return from injury for one of the team’s top standouts, Beatris Chavarria. Goal keeper Madison Wyly continues to be sidelined because of a broken finger. Shawna Morrow is starting in her place.