The Mineral Wells High School soccer program split a pair of matches with the 5A Aledo Bearcats on Friday night at Ram Stadium.
In just their second loss of the season, the No. 4-ranked Lady Rams fell by a final score of 2-0.
On par with 4A, No. 1-ranked Midlothian Heritage, a team the Lady Rams tied 0-0 earlier in the year, the Aledo Lady Cats maintained constant pressure on the Lady Ram net with precision passing and a fast-paced attack.
Lady Rams keeper Reagan Carter was forced to be more active on Friday than she has all year with a season-high 26 saves.
The Lady Cats averaged a shot on goal every three minutes, as Carter did her best to limit the damage.
The junior, in her final season with Lady Rams soccer, as she heads to Eastern New Mexico to play college ball next fall, was the silver lining on Friday night.
Carter now has a total of 501 saves in her MWHS career.
The loss drops the Lady Rams to 11-2-1 on the season with a match this Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Decatur.
Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Rams win fourth straight match
On the flip side for MWHS soccer, the Rams held off a quality Bearcats team on Friday night to earn a 2-1 win.
The Rams current leading scorer, forward Julian Avila found the net twice for his 5th and 6th goals of the season. The junior needed just three shots to get the job done.
Rams freshman forward Elvis Lee was credited with an assist, and MWHS sophomore goalkeeper Miguel Hidalgo earned his fifth win of the season behind 11 saves.
The Rams totaled nine shots as a team on Friday and some 34 steals.
Sophomore forward Diego Andrade had a team-high four shots on goal and six steals, and senior defenseman Isaac Gray finished with five steals.
It was the fourth straight win for MWHS boys soccer, as the Rams improved to 7-5-2 on the year.
The Rams and Lady Rams will head to Decatur for a pair of matches on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Varsity boys kick-off at 7 p.m.