Frigid weather is not expected to delay the Stephenville Honeybees’ soccer home opener tomorrow.
The Honeybees host Granbury Tuesday at the Stephenville Soccer Complex. The junior varsity begins play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7:30.
The varsity fought Canyon to a 1-1 tie in the Crowley tournament in rainy weather, but lost 1-0 in a shootout. Taylor White had the team’s first goal of the season on a shot from the right wing that just made it over the keeper’s hands.
“The girls played an exceptional game on Friday (versus Canyon),” head coach Shiloh Posey said.
“I was extremely proud of their effort.”
The Honeybees had played two games before that — a 3-0 loss to Fort Worth Country Day School, and a disappointing 7-0 loss at Abilene — but Posey said “a completely different team showed up” at the tournament.
While they had played timidly versus Abilene, Posey said the Honeybees were aggressive against the “much larger” Canyon squad, even as they were drenched by a persistent pouring rain.
“They did everything right, (everything) that I had asked them,” Posey said, they just didn’t catch any breaks during the shootout. Two shots rattled off the side posts, while the third banged off the crossbar.
Chemistry is a big plus for his young team, Posey said, noting the encouragement the Honeybees offer one another. Of the 17 players, 11 are either freshmen or sophomores.
The junior varsity has gotten off to a hot start, winning a tournament in Alvarado last weekend. The Honeybees beat DeSoto 1-0, then played Cleburne to a scoreless tie. They then creamed Alvarado, 6-0.
An overall team effort was crucial in winning the tournament, coaches said, as the team was shorthanded and had only two substitutes throughout the three matches.
Shirah Peppmeyer had the team’s lone goal versus DeSoto, and two in the big win over Alvarado. Reagan McGehee and Hillari Chambers had two goals apiece in the final match.
The Honeybees received the tournament championship on the strength of their offense, beating out Cleburne in goal differential, having scored 29 to their 28.
The junior varsity beat Abilene 3-0, and tied Fort Worth Country Day 1-1. Peppmeyer had the Honeybees’ goal in the latter contest, while McGehee (2) and Jessica Porter put Stephenville over the top against Abilene.
The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to take on Alvarado. The junior varsity begins play at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7.