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    Burleson’s Jordan Walker tries to work the ball around Centennial’s Cooper Cowan during the teams’ District 5-5A game at Centeninal. Centennial won the contest, 1-0. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Lady Spartans shutout Lady Elks

Defense has been the linchpin for Centeninal’s girls soccer team this season.

Lady Spartans coach Brian Boydstun tells his squad if they can score one goal they can beat anyone because the defense is so good.

Playing shorthanded Friday night, the Lady Spartans scored once in the first half and made the lead stick as they defeated arch-rival Burleson, 1-0, in District 5-5A play at home.

The defense is made up of juniors Cooper Cowan and Ashli Galupi and sophomores Apollonia Wright, Kayla Smith and Sarah Tate.

The keeper, junior Reese McCain didn’t face many shots Friday night.

The Lady Elks best chance to score came when sophomore Savanna Riggs’ blasted a shot just wide of the goal in the second half.

“I thought we played well,” Burleson coach Erin Poyner said. “It was a fun game. Both sides played real well”

Centennial didn’t create many chances but made the most of one in the first half when sophomore Brooke Boyer fed the ball to junior Jordan Rosser. The shot by

Rosser hit the near post, bounced out and ricocheted off Burleson freshman keeper Faith Gilstrap into the net.

“If we hadn’t misread that I think it would have been a tie game,” Poyner said.

The Lady Spartans needed the win to stay within a point of first place Mansfield Legacy. Centennial plays Legacy at home Friday night in a showdown for first place in 5-5A.

“We had one player out with the flu and a couple injured,” Boydstun said. “So it was nice to get the win. Burleson is a dangerous team. They have a lot of team speed in the same places we do. They are a good challenge for us.”

Boydstun praised the play of freshman Brooke Mullins.

“We brought up Brooke and she did some nice work for us,” Boydstun said. “She has been playing well on the JV and with all the sickness I figured it was a good time to give her a shot.”

Lady Spartans top Crowley

Centennial setup a showdown Friday with Legacy at home, thanks to a 3-1 district win at Crowley Tuesday.

Madalynn Cross notched a pair of goals. Brooke Holybee also scored a goal. Casie Watson and Smith each had an assist Tuesday night.

The Lady Spartans fell behind, 1-0, and rallied to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. Centennial added a goal late in the second half.

Centennial (15-0-2, 10-0-2, 33 points) hosts Legacy Friday and finishes district play Tuesday at Arlington Seguin.

Lady Elks hammer Everman

Burleson stayed within striking distance of a playoff berth Tuesday night with a 6-0 home win over Everman.

The Lady Elks (13-8-1, 6-5-1, 19 points) are two points behind Granbury and Crowley in the 5-5A standings with two games to play. Burleson plays at Crowley Friday and finishes district play Monday hosting Granbury. So the Lady Elks hold their playoff future in their hands.

“I enjoyed watching our defenders get loose and into the attack tonight to help pick up points,” Poyner said. “They scored some beautiful goals and made some great runs.”

Riggs registered two goals scoring off assists from Laura Jordan and Shea Moore. Riggs also had an assist on Maycie Massingill’s goal. Jordan Walker scored an unassisted goal. Adriana Zaragoza found the back of the net off an assist from Kylie Jo Harris and Emilee Marks scored with a assist going to Laura Jordan.

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