STEPHENVILLE – For the second year in a row the Mineral Wells High School Rams soccer team are district champions after stunning the Stephenville Yellow Jackets on the road Friday night in a 4-2 win via penalty kicks.
Tied for first place at 3-1 in District 6-4A headed into last night's contest, it was a second half surge by the Rams and a perfectly executed shootout that changed the course of each team's season.
"They didn't lose their heads and kept pushing through," Rams head coach Rolando Borjon said. "They made their shots, and we didn't have to use our fifth shooter. Great team effort."
A pair of second-half goals by striker Marvin Renteria for his 10th and 11th of the year kept things even, 2-2, at the end of regulation.
The Rams then scored on all four of their PK attempts by Renteria, juniors Julian Avila, and Jose Martinez and sophomore Diego Andrade.
It was Avila's ninth goal of the season, fourth for Andrade and first of the year for Martinez.
Meanwhile, Rams sophomore keeper Miguel Hidalgo snagged a pair of shootout saves to finish with 13 on the night and clinch the win.
Fellow keeper Cody Oakland added five saves on the night, and freshman Micah Gray notched his fifth assist.
"Playing in Stephenville has always been tough, and I told the boys we needed to come out fast and control the game," Borjon said. "First half we didn't do that. Second half, the boys fought through and kept it together."
The Rams (12-7-2) improved to 4-1 in conference with Friday's win, as they look ahead to the district finale at home against Brownwood on Senior Night, March 19.
The Rams previously defeated the Lions twice this season by a combined score of 10-0.