Lady Spartans, Lady Elks collect wins
The second time through District 9-5A play is always tougher, just ask Centennial and Burleson’s girls soccer teams.
Both collected wins over teams at the bottom of district standings Tuesday night as Centennial won at Arlington Seguin, 2-0, and Burleson topped Everman at home, 3-0.
“It was an intense game,” Centennial coach Kara Cuellar said.
The Lady Spartans (9-5-3, 6-2-2, 22 points) scored twice in the second half. Casie Watson put Centennial up 1-0 off an assist from Kayla Smith. Watson notched the second goal by converting a penalty kick.
Centennial hosts Burleson Friday and plays Tuesday at Granbury.
The Lady Elks defeated Everman, 3-0, at home Tuesday. It was a far cry from the 7-0 win Burleson registered in the first half of district play.
“We got the job done,” Burleson coach Erin Poyner said.
Burleson (13-3-4, 6-0-4, 18 points) plays at Centennial Friday and hosts Cleburne Tuesday.
Friday night, the Lady Elks lost at Joshua, 1-0, as the Lady Owls Caylen Wright scored what would be the game-winning goal in the first half.
Lady Spartans play back-to-back games
The Lady Spartans played back-to-back district games last week, getting a shootout win over Crowley Thursday and a come-from-behind victory Friday at home against Cleburne.
Thursday, Centennial and Crowley played to a 0-0 tie in regulation. The Lady Spartans won the ensuing penalty kick shootout, 4-2, to collect two points.
The Lady Spartans trailed 1-0 against Cleburne Friday with 10 minutes to play, then scored a pair of goals to win.
Maddie Pewitt tied the game off an assist from Ashli Galupi, then Kayla Smith scored the game-winner with the assist going to Apolonia Wright.
“It is difficult to play two competitive games and very important games back-to-back that we needed to win,” Cuellar said. “The girls showed toughness and desire in those games, especially in the Cleburne game. I am hoping my girls keep the momentum going and continue to play as a unit and stick to the game plan. It is all about the team right now and everyone has a role. We have to stick together to continue with success on the field.”