WICHITA FALLS - Stephenville officially made 2009 the most successful season in the 20-year history of its boys soccer program on Monday, as the Yellow Jackets picked up a school record 20th win and won their first area championship.
Mason Taylor and Shelby Sharp scored two goals each and Stephenville held Borger to only four shots on goal in a 4-0 shutout in the Class 4A Region I area final at WFISD Memorial Stadium. The win marked just the second postseason victory in school history for SHS.
"This was a big win for our program," said Stephenville head coach Ramsay Wright. "Now we have to get past just being the best team Stephenville has ever had and focus on what we're capable of, and that's a legitimate deep playoff run."
A fierce south wind was likely all that kept Borger from being blown out in the first half, and it helped Stephenville to put the game away in the second
The Jackets spent much of the first half - including virtually all of the first 10 minutes - defending the north goal as Borger went to work with the wind at its back.
The Bulldogs, fourth place finishers in District 5-4A, mustered only two weak shots on goal before halftime, while Stephenville took advantage on two of five first-half scoring opportunities.
Taylor snuck behind the defense and took a long pass in transition to put the Jackets on the board with 28:36 to play in the opening half. Just over six minutes later, the junior took a shot that was deflected in front of the net and went directly to offensive captain Shelby Sharp, who slipped a low shot past the keeper for a 2-0 advantage at the 22:14 mark.
With the wind in its favor, Stephenville wasted no time putting the game away in the second.
Taylor broke away for his second goal and a 3-0 lead just 7:38 into the final half, and Sharp followed with a score that was assisted by Brandon Hall less than three minutes later to give the game its final tally with 29:48 left.
Sharp, a senior, continues to add to his school record for goals in a season. He now has 29.
District 7-4A runner-up Stephenville, now 20-5 on the year, advances to face Amarillo Caprock, which finished second in District 5-4A. As of press time Monday night a date and site for the regional quarterfinal had yet to be determined.