• Burleson and Centennial’s boys soccer teams meet in a District 9-5A game Friday at Centennnial. Above, Burleson’s Freddy Hernandez works for control of the ball as Centennial’s Corin Seale watchees. Centennial’s won the game 3-0 Feb. 6 at Burleson ISD Stadium. BURLESON STAR/CHRIS JASO

Elks, Spartans face key district match up Friday

Burleson bounced back from a tough shootout loss to Joshua Friday night with a 1-0 District 9-5A home win over Everman Tuesday night.

Freddy Hernandez scored the lone goal for the Elks off an assist from Hayden Whitten midway through the first half. Senior keeper Alex Heinle registered the shutout for the Elks.

“It was ugly, but an important three points,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said. “It’s always a battle between us and Everman and tonight was no different. Our kids stayed mentally tough for 80 minutes and got the result.”

Elks (12-3-4 7-1-2, 22 points) play Friday at Centennial and host Cleburne Tuesday.

Playing at Joshua Friday night, the Elks and Owls played to a 1-1 tie in regulation. Joshua held the upper hand in the penalty kick shootout as the Owls outshot the Elks, 5-4.

“We hammered at them for a lot of the night but just couldn’t get another one to go in,” Hughes said.

Whitten scored the lone goal for Elks off an assist from Hernandez.

Spartans top Seguin in shootout

Centennial’s boy’s soccer team had chances all night to score at Arlington Seguin but the Spartans could only score once as they played the Cougars to a 1-1 tie in regulation.

The Spartans picked up two crucial points thanks to a 4-2 penalty kick shootout victory.

“The boys created a lot of opportunities to score, but could only find the one goal,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said. “Seguin’s keeper made several great saves to earn the tie against us.”

Nick Scarpello scored Centennial’s lone goal off an assist from Darien Burley.

The Spartans (8-6-3, 4-4-2, 17 points) host Burleson Friday and play Tuesday at Granbury.

Last week, the Spartans bounced back from a 2-1 shootout loss to Crowley on Thursday with a 2-1 district home win over Cleburne.

Casey Wright and Chase Epps scored in the win over Cleburne while Alex Moreno and Wright registered assists.

“The defense played tough just like they do game in game out,” said Boydstun about the win over Cleburne. “The difference was our passing in the midfield and just the control of the game that came from our midfield.”

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