• Burleson's Grey Kirby and Centennial’s Nick Scarpello vie for control of the ball during Centennial’s 3-0 District 9-5A win over Burleson Wednesday night. BURLESON STAR/CHRIS JASO

Moreno scores twice as Spartans down Elks, 3-0

Centennial boys soccer coach Brian Boydstun knew that senior forward Alex Moreno’s had the capability of being a top-notch goal scorer.
Moreno displayed those talents Wednesday night notching a pair of second-half goals in the Spartans, 3-0, victory over Burleson in District 9-5A game at Burleson ISD Stadium.
Moreno also registered the assist on senior Casey Wrights goal in the fourth minute.
“I said at the start of the season Alex is one of those players who can be dangerous if he ever figures it out,” Boydstun said. “The last two or three games he’s starting to play the way I envisioned him being able to play with his talent. That’s exciting to see because it makes us a much more dangerous team when he does that.”
The victory for Centennial (8-1-3, 2-1-1, seven points) was the first over Burleson since the Spartans beat the Elks, 3-0, March 1, 2015. Centennial hosts Joshua Friday and plays Tuesday at Everman.
The loss was the first for Burleson (8-2-3, 3-0-1, nine points) in district play. The Elks play at Cleburne Friday and host Crowley Tuesday night.
Moreno’s first goal came when he curled a right-footed corner into the net for a 2-0 lead. Later, a rebound off a free kick by senior Nick Scarpello landed at Moreno’s feet and he bashed the ball into the net.
Burleson kept Centennial senior keeper Josh Emslie business all night. Emslie made save after off shots from the field and free kicks.
“Josh was a difference maker tonight,” Boydstun said. “Any close shots were contested. I can’t say enough about our defense tonight.”
In the 47th minute, Burleson junior Jose Llamas nearly scored off a throw-in from senior Hayden Whitten but Emslie was there for the save.
Three minutes’s later Llamas fired a ball across the goal mouth that senior Avery Foster collected and blasted a shot that Emslie stopped with a sprawling save.
In the final 20 minutes, the Elks peppered Centennial’s net with six shots but Emslie was there to make the save each time.
“We were just a step behind all night and didn’t play very well,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said. “We came out flat and didn’t finish the chance we had. I don’t have the answer to what happened. It was one of those games where nothing went right. They were creating their own breaks and we weren’t.”

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