Lampasas dropped a low-scoring match 1-0 to Killeen Shoemaker in the boys’ soccer home opener on Tuesday.
The Badgers (0-4 at press time) have played only Conference 5A and 6A teams so far, and they face more large-classification schools this week in the Austin Akins Cup.
Against the Grey Wolves on Tuesday, “we came out playing very well and owned possession of the ball,” Badgers’ head coach Ryan Race said. “Unfortunately we missed our opportunities and had one mental breakdown in the back.”
That breakdown gave Shoemaker a 1-0 lead at halftime, and neither team scored in the second half.
“There was excellent defensive play by Johnnie McGehee, Dylan Kannan, Bryce Bredeson, Matt Pierce and Warren Burke,” Race said. “The opposing coach gave kind words at the end of the game. He told me that even though we didn't win, we played better than we did last year when we beat them.
“I was happy to hear this because our boys are playing a great brand of soccer, and now [it’s] back to practice to work on finishing,” Race said.
Shoemaker moved to 1-2, which includes a win over Taylor. Taylor competes in the same district as Lampasas and was the champion of a different district, 26-4A, last season.
The Badgers’ Akins Cup schedule included a Thursday game against San Marcos.
Today, Lampasas faces Seguin at noon and Elgin at 6 p.m.
Israel Cervantes scored the Badgers’ lone goal in a 1-4 JV loss to Killeen Shoemaker on Tuesday.
“Our JV boys battled it out in the first half in a very defensive struggle both ways,” Race said. After a 0-0 first half, “we came out playing well, but Shoemaker’s speed was too much.”