Elks collect first win over Spartans
All streaks eventually come to an end and Tuesday night Burleson’s boy’s soccer team ended five seasons of futility with a 2-1 District 9-5A victory at Centennial.
The Elks entered the game having never beaten the Spartans in 10 previous attempts.
With the score tied 1-1 in the second half, senior Rylen Sibley beat a pair of Centennial defenders and laced a shot into the net for what would be the game-winner.
“Both teams played really hard,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said. “The players were excited about the win but we were just trying to get three points. We are in the mix and we are just trying to stay there. We are worried more about how we play every night.”
The Elks (2-0-2 in district, eight points) are in third place. Burleson is two points behind Crowley and Everman, which are tied for first place. The Elks host Cleburne Seguin Friday and play Tuesday at Arlington Seguin.
“I was proud of how my guys played,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said. “I told them after the game that they can’t be upset about the effort they put it because it was going to come down to who made that one play and their guy make a great shot.”
Centennial (0-4-0, no points) plays at Granbury Friday and hosts Joshua Tuesday.
Burleson took a 1-0 lead at the 31:52 mark of the first half with sophomore Jose Llamas scored an unassisted goal.
Late in the first half, Centennial tied the game on a goal by freshman Mason McBeath.
Hughes said the impact of the win over their crosstown rivals might mean more to his younger players, like Llamas, later in the week.
“Most of my guys being sophomores don’t see the win as that big of a deal because they haven’t been around that long,” Hughes said. “It probably means more to a player like Britt Jones who has been on varsity for four years.”
The Elks came into the game on the heels of a shoot out loss Friday at Everman. After finishing regulation tied at 0-0, the Bulldogs won the shoot out, 5-4. Hayden Whitten, Freddy Hernandez, Rolando Medina and Jones converted shots for the Elks.
Centennial fell Friday at Arlington Seguin, 1-0.