Elks capture outright district title
After Mansfield Legacy stunned Burleson, 2-0, to open District 5-5A boys soccer play, the Elks told coach Travis Hughes weren’t going to lose again in the district play.
“I was thinking, yeah okay,” Hughes said.
Monday night, with a 5-0 home win over Granbury, the Elks heled true to their word as they finished out 5-5A play with a record of 11-1-2.
The Elks finished with 35 points in the standing to take the district title outright. Mansfield Legacy placed second with 31 points.
Hughes said he isn’t sure when the last time the Elks won an outright district soccer title. The program’s first outright title came in 1998.
This will be the Elks third consecutive playoff appearance. Last year, Burleson won its first playoff game since 2012 defeating Red Oak, 3-2. Dallas Samuell ended the Elks playoff run with a 2-1 loss in an area-round game.
Burleson will face the fourth-place team from District 6-5A on March 28, 29 or 30. Hughes doesn’t know who the opponent will be since 6-5A doesn’t finish play until next week.
Monday night against Granbury, Freddy Hernandez turned in a hat trick performance while Luke Peterson and Osa Akosa added goals. Henry Garcia and Abraham Gracia each registered two assists in the win.
Hernandez, Rolando Medina and Jose Llamas are four-year varsity players who have given the squad leadership along with the other senior players, Hughes said.
“We have had really good senior leadership,” Hughes said. “This team came ready to work on Day One and have kept their goals in mind the whole year. The older players have showed the young guys how to do things and what our program is all about. Coach Kiene and I make the adjustments. We haven’t had to show the younger guys the ropes because the seniors have done that.”
This season, players have had to change roles and they have accepted the moves, Hughes said.
“The biggest things about this team is that they are extremely unselfish,” Hughes said. “Guys that were our leading scorers last year aren’t this year but they have the most assists this year because when they get the ball, the defense collaspes on them but they are willing to give up the ball.”
The Elks (18-5-1) defeated Crowley 3-2 Friday night as DeAngelo Garza, Garcia and Hernandez notched goals. Caleb Yauger, Peterson and Garcia finished with assists.
Lady Spartans finish second
Centennial’s girls soccer team closed out District 5-5A play Monday night with a 1-0 win at Arlington Seguin.
Brooke Boyer scored the Lady Spartans lone goal off an assist from Sarah Tate.
With the win, Centennial (17-2-1, 11-2-1) finished second in the district with 36 points.
The Lady Spartans will face the second-place team from District 6-5A later this month in a bi-district playoff game.
Centennial lost its district showdown with champion Mansfield Legacy, 2-0, at Centennial Friday night.
The Lady Broncos opened the scoring when a free kick from 52 yards out took a high hop and got over the head of Centennial’s keeper with 28:11 left in the first half.
Five minutes later, Centennial had trouble clearing a corner kick and the ball landed at the feet of a Lady Bronco for an easy goal and a 2-0 lead.
“We could have headed that ball out instead of right back twoards our goal then we would have been much better off,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said.
Centennial created a few shots late but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“We didn’t create a lot of chances tonight,” Boydstun said. “We just weren’t able to connect passes and find that shot.”
Lady Elks headed to post-season
After losing in a penalty kick shootout to Granbury, 6-5, Monday night, Burleson’s girls soccer team had to wait to see if they would make the playoffs.
Mansfield Legacy’s 1-0 win over Crowley Monday night boosted the Lady Elks into the playoffs.
Burleson (14-7-3, 7-5-2) finished fourth in District 5-5A with 23 points.
The Lady Elks will play the champion of District 6-5A in the first-round of the playoffs later this month. That will be either Fort Worth Arlington Heights or Fort Worth South Hills.
“One of our goals this year was to get back into the playoffs and we did that,” Burleson coach Erin Poyner said. “We made some mistakes this season but found a way to overcome them.
We are still a very young team that has been facing more experienced squads. We are looking ahead and keeping ourselves hungry. We are only going to keep getting better.”
The Lady Elks put themsevles in a position to make the playoffs thanks to a 3-2 victory over Crowley Friday night.
Spartans fall to Seguin
Centennial’s boys soccer team entered District 5-5A play with hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
The Spartans will have to wait until next season to break that jinx as they finished the 2019 campaign on the outside looking in.
Centennial closed out the season Tuesday night with a 1-0 loss at Arlington Seguin.
The Spartans won a penalty kick shootout over Mansfield Legacy, 4-2, Friday night after playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation.
A.J. Pando scored Centennial’s lone goal in regulation Friday night.