JARRELL — Lampasas did not get a victory, but the Lady Badgers got what they needed.
Entering Friday’s game at Jarrell, Lampasas knew it desperately needed a victory to keep its playoffs hopes alive. With their regular season finale set for Tuesday at Class 4A No. Salado, the Lady Badgers understood a loss to the Lady Cougars could be devastating.
While Lampasas was unable to defeat its District 25-4A rival, falling in a shootout, the outcome gave the Lady Badgers the necessary points to clinch a postseason berth.
Following the game, Lampasas head coach Kiff Wiemers said a win would have been nice, but he could not ask anything more of his players.
“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “These last couple of games, the girls have really been meshing together. We lost all our seniors from last year, so there has been a meshing period with this new group, and now they are finally clicking. They are really showing a lot of fight and determination, and it is really nice to see it coming out at a time we really need it.”
The Lady Badgers survived several scares en route to securing the district’s fourth seed.
After falling behind 1-0 early in the first half, Lampasas senior Alette Cook tied the score with a goal from approximately 30 yards away. But with less than seven minutes remaining until halftime, teammate Rose Everhart found the back of the net, giving the Lady Badgers their first lead of the match.
It would not last, though.
Jarrell evened the score 2-2 right before halftime, scoring with two seconds remaining on the clock. Then, the Lady Cougars scored midway through the second half to reclaim the lead.
Despite the repeated adversity, the young Lady Badgers never lost faith, according to Wiemers.
“I thought they reacted great,” he said. “Even on the bench, they were all totally wrapped up in the game, even though some of them did not see much playing time. They still did their job on the bench.”
Eight minutes after Jarrell opened a one-goal lead, Lampasas freshman Reahona Honaker took a pass from teammate Aurora Ramirez and scored to tie the game 3-3. Less than two minutes later, Tatum Morrison scored for the Lady Badgers off a pass from Everhart to put Lampasas back on top.
Again, however, the lead would not hold as Jarrell scored off a free kick with 10:04 left in the second half, and the score held through regulation and overtime, forcing penalty kicks.
Madi Walls sandwiched a goal for Lampasas between a pair of Lady Cougars’ scores, but the Lady Badgers did not make another goal, and Jarrell earned the victory with a 3-1 advantage in the shootout.
But the outcome did not tarnish what Lampasas (4-5-2) accomplished this season in Wiemers’ eyes.
“We knew this was a rebuilding year,” he said, “and we are still in one of the toughest districts in the state. We’ve gone through a journey, but it feels like we are coming out the other side stronger.”
Lampasas boys fall in shootout
Lampasas secured the third seed in the District 25-4A race Friday despite losing in a shootout to Jarrell.
The Badgers trailed for a majority of the match, but Jared Salazar scored on a penalty kick with 3:13 remaining in the second half to tie the score 1-1. The teams remained deadlocked for the duration of regulation and overtime before the Cougars outscored Lampasas 3-1 in the shootout with Eric Brooks recording the lone goal for the Badgers.
Lampasas (5-3-1) plays its regular season finale Tuesday at Salado.