There was no doubt about it — rain or shine, the Stephenville Honeybees were ready to play soccer this weekend.
The Honeybees won the sixth annual Knights of Columbus Challenge of Champions after racking up the maximum of 30 points in the tournament. They won all three of their games, and did not allow a single goal.
“The girls played extremely well, and I’m extremely proud of their effort,” head coach Shiloh Posey said.
The championship match, which would have been played Saturday afternoon, was called off due to bad weather.
Still, the Honeybees made their case over the weekend by beating Waco University 4-0, Eastern Hills 6-0 and Everman 5-0. Mariah Cortez was named to the all-tournament team and scored four goals.
The Honeybees opened the tournament against Waco University and stayed on the attack throughout the first half. They finally broke through on a shot by Madison Goodwin, assisted by Melanie Tucker, in the 25th minute.
Two minutes later they made it 2-0, as Kristy Ruiz assisted Cortez on her first goal of the tournament.
In the second half, Mikah Smith scored off a pass from Goodwin, and Ashlii McCabe capped scoring with another goal in the 45th minute.
The Honeybees got off to a hot start against Eastern Hills later that afternoon, as Cortez had an unassisted goal in the second minute of play. McCabe had a goal off a rebound in the 18th minute, and Taylor White had an unassisted to give Stephenville a 3-0 edge at the half.
Cortez scored twice early in the second, assisted by Ruiz and Florencia Frausto-Oliver. Frausto-Oliver had a rocket of her own in the game’s waning moments to put an exclamation point on the win.
It was even colder — and wetter — Saturday morning, but the Honeybees didn’t let the weather stop them from whipping the Lady Bulldogs. Goodwin scored on a ricochet in the 15th minute, and about 10 minutes later Chelsea Berry and Maggie Ibarra had goals. Berry was assisted by Ibarra, and moments later Berry’s pass led to Ibarra’s goal.
Danielle Aparicio assisted Ruiz on a goal in the 30th minute, and Ruiz fed White for a final goal near the match’s end.
Posey said the team was fired up and eager to show what they’re able to accomplish. The championship could serve as a big momentum-builder for the Honeybees.
“What has started at this point will only continue to improve,” Posey said. “They all just played so well as a team.”
The junior varsity took Abilene’s place in the tournament, as the visitors were unable to make the trip east. They beat Lampasas 1-0, lost to Granbury’s junior varsity 5-1 and lost to Robinson 1-0 in a match that was called off due to rain. Jessica Porter had both goals for the Honeybees.
The Honeybees are off until Jan. 26, when the varsity takes on Burkburnett.