• Burleson’s Hayden Whitten works for control of the ball during a game earlier this season. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

SOCCER ROUNDUP: Elks start fast in district play

Freddy Hernandez and Henry Garcia each scored twice Tuesday night in a 4-0 win over Joshua in a District 9-5A boys soccer match.

The win got the Elks (7-2-2, 2-0-0, 6 points) off to a fast start in district play. Burleson plays Friday at Everman and hosts Centennial Tuesday night.

“We got excellent goalkeeping from Alex Heinle,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said. “The backline led by Rolando Medina played well to keep the shutout.”

Hernandez and Garcia had assists on each other’s first goals. Hernandez scored early in the first half and Garcia scored early in the second half. Hernandez then added an unassisted goal and Garcia closed out the scoring with a goal off an assist from Jose Llamas.

Lady Spartans rally for win

Three second-half goals helped Centennial’s girls soccer team, pick up a District 9-5A win at Cleburne Tuesday night.

The victory was the first for the Lady Spartans (4-3-2, 1-0-1, 3 points). Centennial hosts Arlington Segiun Friday and plays Tuesday at Burleson.

Centennial trailed 2-0 with 25 minutes to play then reeled off three goals to win.

“We made some adjustments at halftime that really made a difference,” Centennial coach Kara Cuellar said.

Avery Shutter notched the first two goals off assists from Ashli Galupi and Maddie Pewitt. Madison Collier scored the game-winner off an assist from Reyna Ramirez.

“We kept playing the ball through and behind their defense and Avery Shutter did a phenomenal job of running on the ball and beating their defense,” Cuellar said. “As a whole, we came together and did what we needed to do. We played the way I know our team can do.”

Cuellar praised the play of Apolonia Wright, Ramirez and Megan Walker.

Joshua shuts out Lady Elks

Joshua kept Burleson off the scoreboard Tuesday night as the Lady Elks fell at home to Joshua, 1-0, in District 9-5A soccer play.

“We dominated the first half,” Burleson coach Erin Poyner said. “But we let them pick up momentum in the last 20 minutes and they scored off a free kick.”

The loss was the first for Burleson (9-3-1, 1-1-0, 3 points). The Lady Elks play Friday at Everman and host Centennial Tuesday night.

Spartans drops one to Cleburne

Playing at Cleburne Tuesday night, Centennial’s boys soccer team lost, 2-1, to the Yellow Jackets in 9-5A boys soccer play.

The Spartans (0-1-1 in district, one point) hosts Arlington Seguin Friday and play Tuesday at Burleson.

Centennial’s lone score came off a goal from Nick Scarpello.


Elks shutout Granbury

Burleson’s boys soccer team got off to good start in defending their District 9-5A title with a 3-0 win Friday at Granbury.

“We looked much better tonight,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said. “We really brought the intensity for our first district game. It’s always nice to start out with three points.”

Hernandez got the Elks on the scoreboard five minutes into the game with an unassisted goal. Five minutes into the second half, Garcia scored off an assist from Grey Kirby. Christian Barnes scored an unassisted goal with 15 minutes to play.

Heinle registered the shutout.

Hughes said the entire defense looked good in the win.

Lady Elks Top Granbury

Burleson opened district play Friday with a 1-0 victory at Granbury.

Maycie Massingiill scored the lone goal off an assist from Shea Moore with 25 minutes to play in the first half.

Keeper Julia Moore turned in a clean sheet for the Lady Elks.

“In the first half, possession was back and forth,” Burleson coach Erin Poyner said. “In the second half, we dominated with more chances in front of the net.”

Spartans tie Crowley

Down 2-0 with 15 minutes to play, Centennial’s boys soccer team scored twice to tie Crowley Friday night in its district-opener.

The Spartans lost the penalty-kick shootout, 3-1, so Centennial had to settle for one point in the district standings.

The Spartans achieved the feat playing a man down.

Casey Wright cut the lead to 2-1 off an assist from Bidauri Trujillo. Then Mason McBeath fed a ball to Alex Moreno who finished for the tying goal.

“It was a very chippy match from the start and some things did go our way early in the second half,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said. “You’ve got to love the fight in the guys to come back from 2-0 to equalize the match and walk away with points tonight.”

Lady Spartans fall to Lady Eagles

White had an outstanding night Friday in the Lady Spartans’ district-opener, but it wasn’t enough as Centennial fell at home to Crowley, 1-0.

Centennial fired 27 shots at the Lady Eagles goal but couldn’t find the back of the net. Crowley created nine shots and was able to get one in the net.

“We had numerous shots in the first half,” Cuellar said. “We fought hard to the last second. I felt like we had many opportunities but Crowley’s goalie came through.”

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