After a shootout victory in what Head Coach Casey Weil says may have been his team’s best performance of the season, Stephenville prepares to take its girls soccer success to a level it has never before reached.
Tonight, the Honeybees vie for the school’s first area championship in the sport, as SHS meets District 5-4A champ Keller Fossil Ridge at 8 p.m. at Burleson Stadium.
“I feel like we’re playing really well,” said Weil. “We would like to finish more of our scoring opportunities, but we can’t wait to get up there and see what we can do against one of the area’s best programs.”
The Honeybees made the most of one opportunity in the their bi-district win against Azle, as Mariah Cortez assisted Danielle Aparicio on their first half goal.
“That was the best executed goal we’ve had all year,” Weil said. “I couldn’t have drawn it up any better.”
Stephenville had other opportunities, including several by freshman Caitlyn Cline.
“Looking back at some of Caitlyn’s chances, I ask myself, ‘how did that not go in?’ But (Azle’s) keeper made some big time saves,” said Weil. “We just have to keep firing away, and eventually we’ll get some points on the board. The main thing is if we lose the ball, we want to lose it on the attacking end, so we have time to get back and keep ourselves out of bad positions.”
The bi-district win was the Bees’ first playoff victory since 2005. SHS has never won twice in the playoffs in the same year.