Elks shutout Spartans
Coming off a big 1-0 District 9-5A win over Centennial Friday night, Burleson’s boys soccer team was seeking just a point to all but lock up a playoff spot.
But Cleburne, which is also in the fight for a playoff spot, wasn’t willing to give up even a point.
The Yellow Jackets stopped the Elks, 1-0, Tuesday night at Cleburne.
The result coupled with Joshua’s 3-1 win over first-place Everman threw the standings into a tizzy with two games to play.
Everman and Crowley are tied for first with 27 points and Burleson (5-1-6, 23 points) is tied with Cleburne for third place.
The Jackets hold the tie- breaker over the Elks for playoff positioning. Joshua (19 points) is in fifth place.
Burleson hosts Arlington Seguin Friday for senior night and plays at Crowley Monday night. The Elks need to pick up points in one of those contests.
“We played really hard but it was just not enough,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said. “Our district is really tough and it shows every game. Now, we control our destiny and where we will finish in district play.”
Friday night, the Elks found themselves in a tussle with Centennial. Hayden Whitten scored the game-winner off an assist from Eric Lopez.
Centennial keeper Jace Hoover kept the Spartans in the game with his play.
“I think my guys played very well,” Centennial coach Brian Boydston said. “I was very proud of the effort they put into that game. Burleson is one of the fastest teams in our district up top and my guys held them off behind some great keeper play by Jace Hoover.”
Just getting the three points for a win was the most important thing, according to Hughes.
“It’s always a tough game with Centennial,” Hughes said. “They played really hard and really well. We were lucky to get out of there with three points. They were prepared for us.”
Centennial got a goal from Casey Wright Tuesday night a 3-1 home loss to Granbury. The Spartans (0-12-0) play at Joshua Friday and host Everman for senior night.