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Sissies fall to Stephenville in area round

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
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In the 13th minute of Tuesday’s 4A Region I area match, Stephenville broke through Bridgeport’s back line and buried a rebound inside the box.

The Honeybees added another goal shortly before intermission, doubling their advantage to 2-0. Although they were trailing the eighth-ranked team in the state with just 40 minutes remaining, the Sissies were not fazed.

“My girls were extremely pumped at halftime,” said Bridgeport coach Lauren Kirby. “They were very proud of themselves. [Stephenville] is a fantastic team. To be at 2-0 at halftime, my girls were ready to go.”

Messenger photo by Reece Waddell.

Bridgeport’s defense broke only once in the second half, surrendering a goal in the 54th minute off another rebound. But the Sissies were unable to generate scoring opportunities against Stephenville’s suffocating defense, falling 3-0 at Mineral Wells High School.

“[Stephenville] did a fantastic job capitalizing on those rebounds,” Kirby said. “They were good goals.”

The Honeybees’ defense swarmed Bridgeport for most of the game, dominating possession. Stephenville only surrendered seven goals this season, with opponents averaging 0.30 goals per game.

“Their speed — they’re a quick team and they are calm with the ball,” Kirby said. “It was something we had to adjust to.”

The Sissies made history in the bi-district round, beating Benbrook 1-0 to claim their first playoff victory.

Last season in Kirby’s first year as coach, Bridgeport won its first district title. Kirby said the program is trending up, adding she is especially proud of her seniors.

“My seniors have been my girls for the past two years,” Kirby said. “Some of the things they’ve done — they have left their mark on this program and they will be forever remembered.”

The Sissies end the season at 12-12-2. Bridgeport went 5-4 in District 7-4A, finishing second behind Argyle.

“We made school history the last two years,” Kirby said. “We’re only going to go up from here. It’s going to be amazing to watch. Bi-district champions for the first time in school history, made it to area for the first time in school history, words cant describe how proud I am.

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