Rosser lifts Lady Spartans
oring your first high school goal in varsity play is always something special.
Burleson freshman Jordan Rosser’s first goal as a Lady Elk is one she will remember for a lifetime.
After taking a beautiful through ball from Faith Strube, Rosser beat her defender and laced in a shot from 20 yards out past Centennial’s keeper Layce Mayfield where it nestled into the back of the net.
The experience was almost surreal for Rosser.
“When I took the shot it was really quiet,” Rosser said. “Then when it went in it was so loud and it felt really good. All the adrenaline kicked in. Right before the shot I wasn’t thinking about anything but scoring.”
The 1-0 District 9-5A win over Centennial gave the Lady Elks crucial points and a win over their crosstown foes.
“Scoring my first goal in a win over Centennial was nice,” Rosser said. “Not only was it a pretty big (district) game it was also the senior's last games against Centennial. It felt really good.”
Some of the shine came off the victory Tuesday night when the Lady Elks lost at Cleburne, 2-0, in another big district game.
With two games remaining in district play, Burleson (5-4-3, 19 points) now in fifth place behind Granbury (4-3-5, 21 points) and Cleburne (7-4-1, 22 points).
Burleson hosts Arlington Seguin Friday for senior night and plays at Crowley Monday.
Also on Tuesday, Centennial lost to Granbury in a penalty kick shootout after playing to 1-1 tie in regulation.
“We got the beautiful left-footed goal from Hannah Walker and an important point,” Centennial coach Kara Cuellar said. “We played well and dominated as a team but we just couldn’t capitalize on our chances.”
The second-place Lady Spartans (8-2-2, 26 points) produced plenty of scoring opportunities Friday against Burleson, especially in the final 15 minutes following Rosser’s goal.
The best chance might have come off a free-kick from the right side that banged off the crossbar with 12 minutes to play. The kick glanced off Burleson’s Hannah Werner just enough to lift the ball off the mark.
“That penalty kick was a really good shot. It skimmed off of Hannah,” Burleson keeper Julia Mashburn said.
Mashburn faced shot after shot in the waning minutes. Her biggest save might have come with four minutes left when
Cheslie Rodriguez leveled a shot at her.
The shutout was Mashburn’s 12th of the season and like all the others it didn’t come easily.
“It’s not that easy (to register a shutout) let me tell you,” Mashburn said. “They tell me I save games but it’s not just me. It’s the whole defense and the rest of the players. I felt a lot of pressure tonight.”
Centennial plays at first-place Joshua Friday and hosts Everman Monday on senior night.