Stephenville teams off to solid start in Challenge of Champions

Action continues at SSA Fields Friday afternoon, Saturday

Aaron Burrows and the Stephenville soccer teams were impressive in their opening matches Friday at the Knights of Columbus Challenge of Champions.


STEPHENVILLE (January 15, 2016) — Stephenville couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Knights of Columbus Challenge of Champions after its varsity girls and boys teams each rolled to easy wins and the junior varsity girls tied a varsity club from Everman Friday at Stephenville Soccer Association Complex.

The Yellow Jacket varsity team cruised past the Waco University JV, 4-2. Stehpenville actually led 4-1 before a meaningless final minutes goal by University. Isaac Iribarren scored the equalizer just before intermission after Stephenville trailed for much of the first half, then Tio Rocha headed one home off a corner by Brett Alford that stood as the game winner early in the second half.

Rocha wasn’t through, scoring off an assist from Aaron Burrows for a 3-1 advantage before Matthe Chapman iced the win with perhaps their most impressive goal of the day. Keeper Noble Alexander came out to push the ball forward to the midline before a pair of back heel passes sprung Chapman on a fast break and he beat the keeper before pushing the ball inside the right post.


The varsity Honeybees took a while to capitalize on their many opportunities in open play, but Erin Couch knocked in a goal on a penalty kick in the opening minutes. Stephenville kept the pressure on, and once they broke through, the flood gates opened in the 5-0 rout.

The first of two Skylar Chpman goals made it 2-0 before Miami commit Bayleigh Chaviers slid passed a defender and hammered one past the keeper for a 3-0 lead. The second half began with a flurry as Mikayla Hobbs and Chipman scored for 5-0 and the rout was officially on.

The junior varsity Bees tied Everman varsity 1-1 and face Lorena varsity at 1 p.m.

The varsity Bees face Waco University at 1 p.m., while the Yellow Jackets meet Azle JV at 1 p.m.

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