Burleson shuts out Joshua
Burleson built 2-0 lead in the first half and made it hold up as the Elks won at Joshua, 2-0, Tuesday in District 9-5A boys soccer play.
Freddy Hernandez tallied an unassisted goal to put Burleson up 1-0. Hayden Whitten put the Elks up 2-0 with a goal off an assist from Alex Devora.
“We played a lot better tonight,” said Burleson coach Travis Hughes. “We are back to playing at the level we were during our tournaments. We just kind of hit a lull there and we are back to playing where we need to be.”
The Elks (1-0-1, 4 points) host Everman Friday and play Tuesday at Centennial.
Hughes noted the play of his defense led by keeper Alex Heinle. After playing a to 1-1 tie in regulation, the Elks fell to Granbury, 4-2, Friday in a penalty kick shootout.
Burleson went up 1-0 on Hernandez’s free kick with 20 minutes to play only to see the Pirates tie things up with five minutes to play.
In the shootout, Rolando Medina and Josh Padilla scored for the Elks.
“I feel like we should have won the game,” Hughes said. “We didn’t play bad, we just have to learn to finish people off when we have the opportunity We have to pick up our intensity throughout the rest of district.”
Hughes praised the play of Heinle, Whitten, Rylen Sibley and Devora.
Spartans fall twice
Centennial boys soccer coach Brian Boydstun said his team gave a great effort in Tuesday’s District 9-5A 2-0 home loss to Cleburne.
“We just have to finish our opportunities up top,” Boydstun said.
Centennial (0-2-0, 0 points) plays Friday at Arlington Seguin and hosts Burleson Friday.
The Spartans opened district play with a 3-1 loss Friday at Crowley.
Centennial’s goal came off a tally by Corin Seale with an assist from Casey Wright.
“The guys played hard with a lot of effort but we have to a better job with our communication on our back line when dealing with a team like Crowley that is a lot faster than us,” Boydstun said.