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    Centennial’s Casie Watson works the ball during a tournament game earlier this season. The Lady Spartans are off to a 2-0-0 start in District 5-5A with wins over Everman and Granbury. BURLESON STAR/MICHELLE TATE

Lady Spartans start strong in district play

Centennial’s girls’ soccer team remains undefeated after opening District 5-5A play with a pair of shutout wins.

The Lady Spartans topped Granbury, 2-0, at home Tuesday night thanks to another strong defensive effort. Centennial has not allowed a goal this season in eight contests.

“Granbury has a good team,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said. “In the first half they were able to put some pressure on us but the girls came out in the second half and took over the game.”

Kayla Smith and Casie Watson each notched goals in the win. Smith also registered an assist on Watson’s goal.

Centennial (8-0-0, 2-0-0, six points) will be on the road for its next two matches. The Lady Spartans play Friday at Mansfield Timberview then play at arch-rival Burleson Tuesday night.

The Lady Spartans opened district play Friday with a 2-0 win at Everman. Brooke Boyer and Ashli Galupi each picked up goals for Centennial. Madalynn Cross had an assist in the win.

“Everman only got the ball across midfield a couple of times on our defense but they did a great job of making us work for our goals,” Boydstun said. “It wasn’t until midway through the second half that we were able to score and our next goal came shortly after that.”

Lady Elks down Timberview

Things went well on the road Tuesday night for Burleson’s girls’ soccer team as the Lady Elks downed Mansfield Timberview, 5-0, for their first district win.

The Lady Elks (8-3-1, 1-1-0, three points) play at Arlington Seguin Friday night and host crosstown rival Centennial Tuesday night.

Burleson started district play Friday with a 3-2 home loss to Mansfield Legacy.

Legacy scored three times in the first half but the Lady Elks fought back notching a pair of goals in the second half.

“It was a good tough match against a good team,” Burleson coach Erin Poyner said. “Their keeper made some big saves to deny a few good chances we had to tie the game.”

Jordan Walker scored the Lady Elks first goal off an assist from Maycie Massingill. The Lady Elks second goal came from Savanna Riggs with the assist going to Kyra Smith.

Spartans top Granbury

Centennial’s boys’ soccer team picked up a nice win Tuesday night as the Spartans defended their home field with a 3-0 victory over Granbury,

Nick Scarpello scored twice in the win for Centennial and Ryan Lujan picked up the other goal. Mason McBeath had two assists and Akwasi Agyei had the other assists.

“The boys had too much speed for Granbury,” Boydstun said. “They dominated play in the second half to help (keeper) Jace Hoover register the shutout.”

The Spartans (7-1-2, 1-0-1, five points) play Friday at Mansfield Timberview and play at arch-rival Burleson Tuesday night.

Friday night, Centennial and Everman played to a 0-0 draw in regulation, but the Spartans were able to gain two points in the standings thanks to a 4-3 penalty-kick shootout win.

Hoover had a big save in the shootout to lift the Spartans to the shootout win.

“I’m super proud of the effort the boys put in tonight,” Boydstun said. “Everman is a strong team and we knew it was going to be a battle.”

Elks win at Timberview

Burleson’s boys’ soccer team scored once in each half Tuesday night as the Elks defeated Mansfield Timberview, 2-0, for an important district road win.

Caleb Yauger scored both goals for the Elks. Luke Peterson also has an assist in the win.

“Overall we played well,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said. “We had a little lull for about 10 minutes that we need to get rid of but we’re playing really hard right now.”

Burleson (8-1-3, 1-1-0, three points) plays Friday at Arlington Seguin then hosts crosstown foe Centennial Tuesday night.

Friday, the Elks opened district play at home with a 2-0 loss to Mansfield Legacy.

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