Both of Stephenville High School’s varsity soccer teams cruised to dominating victories Friday.
The Yellow Jackets blasted Hillsboro 10-1 in a home match that head coach Ramsey Wright said would be helpful in establishing momentum as the team readies for the start of district play.
Meanwhile, the Honeybees beat Burkburnett on the road, 5-1.
Both teams open district play versus Killeen this week: the Yellow Jackets at home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Honeybees on the road at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Shelby Sharp, who led the Yellow Jackets with four goals Friday, scored three times in the game’s first 15 minutes. Mason Taylor scored minutes after Sharp’s third goal, then Sharp scored again.
David Huxen and Zach Rathburn each had goals before halftime.
Early in the second, Victor Cano scored. Midway through Kyle Dolloff made it 9-0, then Taylor scored on a penalty kick.
Hillsboro’s lone goal came late in the match.
“All in all, it was good to get back in the win column,” Wright said.
Earlier in the week, the Yellow Jackets had struggled against Waco University, losing 4-0.
“They were the best team we have seen this year,” Wright said, adding that University’s squad ranks among the best Stephenville has played during his four-year tenure here.
“We attempted a few different strategies but in the end they overwhelmed us,” Wright said. “It was good to see the elite level we will have to play at in the district schedule.”
He noted that Hillsboro, which was without key players due to injury and red cards, was not one of the tougher teams the Yellow Jackets had played, but many of his team’s reserves were able to play solid minutes.
Honeybees head coach Shiloh Posey said he was “real proud of the way” his team played in their win over Burkburnett, adding that they “played together as a team very, very well.”
Mariah Cortez had goals to open and close the match, scoring her first in the seventh minute off an assist from Kristy Ruiz. The Honeybees got two more goals before halftime, as Maggie Ibarra scored off a feed from Madison Goodwin and Ruiz scored off a pass from Taylor White.
With 18 minutes left in the match, Ashlii McCabe scored off an assist from Ruiz. A minute later Burkburnett scored during the scramble following a penalty kick to make it 4-1.
Cortez closed the match with a goal off a ricochet.
Posey said he tried moving players into new positions during the second half, and said that the team’s effort was “extremely good.”
Likewise, “our defense was pretty solid all the way around,” he said.