• Centennial senior Lindsey Beckrich, shown in action earlier this season, scored the game-winning goal to beat Crowley Tuesday night. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORe

Beckrich's late goal lifts Lady Spartans past Crowley

Just like they did in the first half of District 9-5A play, Centennial’s girls soccer team stunned Crowley late when Lindsey Beckrich scored with 1:35 left to play for a 1-0 win.

At halftime, Lady Spartans coach Kara Cuellar told her players to take more shots and Beckrich took the advice to heart.

From  40 yards out, Beckrich lobbed a shot towards the Crowley goal. The ball hit the crossbar and glanced into the goal.

“I saw the shot and I took it,” Beckrich said. “That’s how we beat Crowley the first time with a late goal. I guess we are a second half team.”

When she saw the ball hit the crossbar, Beckrich turned to play defense thinking the ball had been saved. One of her teammates had to tell her the shot went in.

The win helped the second-place Lady Spartans (7-1-0, 21 points) stay close to first-place Joshua (23 points). Centennial plays at Cleburne Friday and hosts Arlington Seguin Tuesday.

“I didn’t think we played bad,” Cuellar said. “The first half we dominated but the shots we had just wouldn’t drop in. That’s kind of been the case the last few games. Lindsey had multiple shots like that and finally one went in.”

Centennial produced over 40 shots Friday night in the Lady Spartans, 4-0, win at Everman.

“I was glad to see my team taking shots, but struggled a little with putting them in the back of the net,” Cuellar said. “Everman’s goalie did a good job. It was a great win for us that we needed.”

The Lady Spartans took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Chelsie Rodriguez. Maddi Gilbert put Centennial up 2-0 with an unassisted goal. Emilie Harvery scored a goal off an assist by Avery Shutter. Rodriguez closed out the scoring with the assist going to Gilbert.

Elks top Pirates in penalty kicks

After watching Granbury tie the game at 2-2 with a minute and half to play on penalty kick, Burleson’s boys soccer team topped the Pirates on road, winning the penalty kick shootout, 5-4, in a district game.

The Elks (3-0-5, 16 points) host Joshua Friday and play Tuesday at Everman.

“Overall we did a good job of going into a tough place to play and getting a result,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said. “The district race is tight so continuing to get points is key.”

Scoring goals for Burleson were Eric Lopez and Josh Padilla. Alex Devora had assists on both goals.

Hughes praised the defensive efforts of Rylen Sibley and William Kirby. For the second consecutive

Friday night, Burleson played to a tie in regulation. Friday, the Elks tied Crowley in regulation, 1-1, but lost 3-0 in a shootout.

Freddy Hernandez scored the Elks lone goal off an assist by Rylen Sibley.

“Both teams played really hard and were very evenly matched as the score would indicate,” Hughes said. “We’ve got to keep on improving as we get into the second half of district.”

Lady Elks fall in shootout

Playing on the road, Burleson’s girls soccer team forged 0-0 tie in regulation play at Granbury but the Lady Elks couldn’t collect the important district points for a shootout win as the Lady Pirates won in penalty kick, 5-3.

“It was a hard fought game that went both ways at times,” Burleson coach Chris Leshinski said. “Julia Mashburn made a big save in the second half to preserve the tie. We have to do a better job of creating scoring chances.”

The Lady Elks (3-3-2, 12 points) host district-leading Joshua Friday and play Tuesday at last-place Everman.

Burleson capped off a fine week in district play with a 3-0 victory over Crowley Friday night. Lady Elks keeper Julia Mashburn registered her eighth shutout of the season.

“It was a great week getting two wins that put us back in the top four of district at the end out the first half of district,” Leshinski said. “The team did a good job of scoring and working together to get those goals.”

Hannah Werner, Faith Strube and Gracie Spradley each scored goals for the Lady Elks. Picking up assists for Burleson were Madison Ezell and Abby McLaughlin.

Crowley downs Spartans

Centennial’s boys soccer opened the second half of district play Tuesday with a 4-0 home loss to Crowley.

“We’ve just go to keep working,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said.

The Spartans (0-8-0, no points) play Friday at Cleburne and Tuesday host Arlington Seguin.

The Spartans closed out the first half of district play with a 3-0 loss Friday at Everman.

Boydstun said the Spartans are still struggling to produce goals with Casey Wright and Mason McBeath out with injuries.

“Everman is at the top of our district and very good,” Boydstun said. “I’m proud of how the guys continue to fight. You’ve got to believe that hard work will pay off.”

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Centennial senior Lindsey Beckrich, shown in action earlier this season, scored the game-winning goal to beat Crowley Tuesday night. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORe