LAMPASAS — Kiff Wiemers is concerned about the effort, not the outcome.
Having already clinched the program’s sixth consecutive postseason berth, Lampasas entered Friday evening’s home finale against Burnet looking to improve on its seeding.
The Lady Bulldogs did not let that happen, though, earning a 3-0 victory.
But the Lady Badgers head coach is content with the loss.
“We had some trouble putting passes together on the offensive end,” Wiemers said, “but I’m particularly proud of what the defense did to make Burnet have to work for everything.
“They got three goals on us, but we made them work for it, and I’m not upset at all. We have a couple things to work on, but the bottom line is we are still a playoff team.”
After giving up the match’s first goal on free kick less than nine minutes into the contest, the Lady Badgers contained Burnet for almost the duration of the half, but with 40 seconds remaining, Burnet increased its lead to 2-0.
The goal affected more than the score, according to Wiemers.
“There is a big difference between being down by one goal and being down by two goals,” he said. “That kind of forced our hand a little bit and made us roll the dice and play more offensively.
“It didn’t quite pan out for us, but they didn’t just run the score up on us either. We had a lot of positives come out of this game that we hope to take into our regular-season finale against Salado and then into the playoffs.”
The Lady Badgers fall to 7-3 in the District 25-4A standings with the loss and while there is still hope of climbing out of fourth place, odds are Lampasas will remain and encounter No. 3 Giddings in the opening round of the playoffs.
Last season, the then-No. 1 Lady Buffaloes ended the Lady Badgers’ season in the bi-district round, winning 5-1 en route to reaching the regional quarterfinals.
Although upsetting Giddings remains a daunting challenge, Wiemers is looking forward to the opportunity
“As long as we don’t let past demons get stuck in our heads,” he said, “I think we can develop a gameplan and go out and beat them.
“We’ve got a chance, and I’m not opposed to going up against a big giant.”