Lady Spartans open district with pair of wins
A pair of second-half goals lifted Centennial to a 2-0 victory over Cleburne in District 9-5A play Tuesday night.
Emilie Harvey notched the first goal and Chelsie Rodriguez scored the second. Lindsey Beckrich registered an assist on each goal.
Centennial (2-0-0, 6 points) is off to a fast start in district play. The Lady Spartans play Friday at Arlington Seguin and host Burleson Tuesday night.
“Like I’ve said before, we are in a competitive district and every game is going to be a close one,” said Centennial coach Kara Cuellar. “We fought hard again and came out on top. I saw some great things, but we still have some things we need to work out. We still are not in game shape, where we should be. My varsity players are fighters and play with a lot of heart, so each game we will continue to do better and play as a unit.”
Lady Spartans score late for win
Trailing by a goal with 1:30 to play, the Lady Spartans scored twice to dispatch Crowley, 2-0, Friday.
Beckrich tied the game with an unassisted goal and Reyna Ramirez notched the game-winner with a goal off an assist from Beckrich.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Cuellar talked to her team about what changes needed to made and the Lady Spartans responded.
“We came out strong in the second half and dominated,” Cuellar said.
Centennial produced multiple scoring opportunities, but could not finish. With 10 minutes left, Crowley started to try and delay the game and slow things down.
“My girls played with a lot of heart and never gave up,” Cuellar said. “They stayed calm and played their game and it paid off. I was very proud of my girls. It is games like that make me realize why I coach.”
Lady Owls top Lady Elks
Joshua scored three times in the second half Tuesday night to hand Burleson a 3-0 loss in District 9-5A girls soccer play.
“Joshua is a good team and we couldn’t get any opportunities against them,” Burleson coach Chris Leshinski said.
The Lady Owls first score came off a penalty kick and Leshinski said things went downhill from there.
“We are a team that is trying to find our identity and are going through a rough patch,” Leshinski said. “Hopefully we can find it Friday.”
The Lady Elks (0-1-1, 2 points) host Everman Friday and play Tuesday at Centennial.
Lady Elks collect penalty kick win.
Leshinski said that from the way the Lady Elks played Friday night, it was apparent his team hadn’t played for the nearly two weeks.
“We have to play better when we travel to Joshua Tuesday,” Leshinski said.
After playing to a 0-0 tie in regulation against Granbury, Burleson needed eight shooters to down the Lady Pirates in a penalty kick shootout.
Gracie Spradley scored the game-winner. Also scoring for the Lady Elks were Hannah Werner, Amanda Wince, Summer Mashburn, Faith Strube, Adrianna Zaragoza, Abby McLaughlin and Tifani Torres.
The Lady Elks appeared to take a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the game on a goal by Madison Ezell but the referee was not in a position to make the call on the possible goal.
Keeper Julia Mashburn registered her sixth shutout of the season.