By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Rams and Lady Rams soccer teams hosted district rival Springtown with great results on a cold, windy Tuesday night in Ram Stadium.
Rams tie Porcupines, 2-2
Mineral Wells' boys soccer team opened the evening, battling Springtown to a 2-2 tie. The back-and-forth battle saw the Rams down twice before they could rally in the second half to earn the hard-fought draw against their district rivals.
"We were hoping for a win, obviously, but a tie's better than a loss," head coach Rolando Borjon said with a smile. "The kids fought and hung in there. We just started a little slow, but we picked it up in the end and came out with a tie. You couldn't ask for anything else."
The Rams found themselves down early, but a well-placed shot off the foot of sophomore Zachary Gray would knot the score at 1-1.
Springtown soon answered and took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
Both offenses stalled for much of the second half, often advancing deep into enemy territory, but failing to take advantage of the opportunities. But when his team needed him most, senior Anthony Johnson rose to the occasion and scored to tie the game again.
"He's been working hard this year and he stepped it up in the second half," Borjon said of Johnson. "Anthony's really been our threat offensively this year. His heart and experience has been a big key."
Lady Rams crush Springtown, 4-0
It seemed the Rams' tough game against the Porcupines served as merely an opening act for the bludgeoning that was to come when the Lady Rams took the field. Mineral Wells cruised to a 4-0 victory, limiting Springtown to only two shots in a suffocating effort.