SOCCER ROUND UP: Elks, Lady Elks register wins over Granbury
Freddy Hernandez scored twice for Burleson Tuesday night as the Elks got off to a nice start in the second-half of District 9-5A play with a 4-0 home win over Granbury.
“That’s three big points for us to start the second half of district,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said.
Burleson (11-2-4, 6-0-2, 18 points) plays at Joshua Friday and hosts Everman Tuesday night.
The Elks scored three times in the first half Tuesday. Hernandez opened the scoring off an assist from Jose Llamas. Henry Garcia followed with a goal and Hernandez added the next goal. Keeper Alex Heinle had assists on each goal off punts. Heinle also registered six saves.
In the second half, Hayden Whitten put the Elks up 4-0 by converting a penalty kick.
Friday night, Burleson closed out the first-half of district play with a 1-0 victory at Crowley.
Hernandez scored late in the game to give the Elks the victory.
“It was a really good game between both teams,” Hughes said. “We both created some scoring chances. e were fortunate enough to get one in right at the end from Freddy Hernandez. We got good goal keeping from Alex Heinle. Hayden Whitten, Deangelo Garza and Landon Brown really stepped up their games.”
Lady Elks win twice
Burleson’s girls soccer team won its third consecutive game Tuesday night with a 2-1 district home win over Granbury.
The victory opened the second-half of district play and gave the Lady Elks the series sweep over the Lady Pirates.
Burleson (12-3-3, 5-0-3, 15 points) plays at Joshua Friday night and hosts Everman Tuesday night.
Gracie Spradley maintained her high level of play Tuesday with a pair of assists. Spradley picked up an assist on Faith Strube’s first-half goal and Maycie Massingill’s second-half marker.
The win came on the heels of Burleson’s 1-0 win at Crowley Friday night in the Lady Elks final game of the first half of district play.
Caroline Quinn scored the lone goal of the game in the first half off an assist by Spradley.
“We came out on Friday and competed at the caliber we have,” Burleson coach Erin Poyner said. “We out shot them, but their keeper did a great job keeping our best advances out of the net. We only had a small window to make adjustments last week and I'm pretty pleased with how quickly these girls can adapt their game. For us, it was a must win to keep us in the hunt for a playoff spot, which is our biggest goal right now.”
Lady Spartans top Everman
Centennial’s girls soccer team peppered Everman’s net Friday night as the Lady Spartans closed out the first half of district play with a 9-0 home win over the Lady Bulldogs.
Three Lady Spartans – Cooper Cowan, Hannah Walker and Casie Watson – each scored a pair of goals in the win. Also scoring goals were Avery Shutter, Mackenzie Southall and Maddie Pewitt.
Registering assists for Centennial were: Madi Gilbert, Reyna Ramirez, Gracie Mattinson and Kayla Smith.
“Tried a few different things in the game,” Centenial coach Kara Cuellar said. “My fullbacks did a great job of getting into the attack and scoring some goals along with some assists. Forwards did a great job of finishing. Overall, I was pleased with the way we played. Now that the first round of district is over, we are more focused and know every game is important in the second round of district and we need to come to play every game.”
The Lady Spartans (7-4-3, 4-1-2, 14 points) faced Crowley Thursday night at Crowley in a game that was postponed from Tuesday night. Centennial hosts Cleburne Friday and plays at Arlington Seguin Tuesday night.
Spartans fall in a shootout
In its final game of the first half of district play, Centennial’s boys soccer team lost in a penalty kick shootout to Everman, 3-2, Friday at home.
The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Mason McBeath scored the lone goal for the Spartans.
Centennial (9-2-4, 3-2-2, 11 points) played at Crowley Thursday night. The contest was postponed from Tuesday night because of inclement weather. The Spartans host Cleburne Friday and play at Arlington Seguin Tuesday night.