Lady Spartans down Burleson
Emilie Harvey decided to skip her junior season of soccer to concentrate on her grades.
Now the Centennial senior forward is making big plays for the Lady Spartans.
Harvey scored a goal and picked up an assist Tuesday night in Centennial’s 3-0 District 9-5A home win over Burleson.
“It is so worth it to be playing soccer for Centennial again,” Harvey said. “I knew I was going to come back to play my senior year with my friends. I’m really close to all these girls.”
With the win Centennial (4-0-0 in district, 12 points) stay alone in first. The Lady Spartans have a tough stretch coming up playing Friday at Granbury and hosting second-place Joshua (11 points) Tuesday. Burleson (1-2-1, 5 points) is tied for fourth place with Crowley and Granbury. The Lady Elks host third-place Cleburne Friday and play Tuesday at Arlington Seguin.
“They have a great team,” Burleson coach Chris Leshinski said. “The difference tonight was they finished their opportunities and we didn’t. We had a great chance in the first half and kicked it over the crossbar. We created opportunities but couldn’t get the shots off.”
Centennial led 1-0 heading into halftime on the strength of an unassisted goal by Harvey in the 16 minute.
Lady Spartans coach Kara Cuellar was pleased to see her team come out play with fire to start the match.
“We came out with high intensity,” Cuellar said. “Part of that was because we were playing Burleson. They girls know this is the way we have to come out every district game. When we come out with that intensity we play well. Tonight I saw the team that I know that I have.”
Burleson started the second half fast putting together a scoring opportunity in the first 20 seconds but there was no one there for the cross.
The Lady Spartans countered quickly as freshman Casie Watson banged home a rebound 54 seconds into the second half. Ten minutes later Hannah Walker scored off a cross from Harvey for a 3-0 lead.
Friday night, Centennial won at Arlington Seguin, 1-0, thanks to a goal by Harvey. Lindsey Beckrich and Watson registered the assist on the goal.
Burleson picked up an 8-0 home win Friday over Everman. Hannah Werner had a hat trick while Faith Strube, Gracie Spradley, Jordan Cooksey, Chloe Blex and Kristi Smedholen scored goals.