Burleson's jones earns first-team boys soccer accolades
The rebuilding process for Burleson’s boys soccer program took another step forward.
Although the Elks had just two players on the first and second teams of the District 8-5A boys soccer team, Burleson second-year coach Travis Hughes can see things taking shape.
“We definitely have closed the gap with the other schools in the district,” Hughes said. “It’s still there. We are still behind the eight ball compared to a lot of people. But this season, we tied Granbury, who won the district, and lost in penalty kicks and they didn’t loss a game all year until the playoffs. That’s kind of how close we are. When we play at that level, we can play with anybody. We played Cleburne, Crowley and Everman close. We just have to learn how to win. That’s the part that is taking time right now.”
Junior defender Britt Jones, a second-team choice last year, made first team this season. Hughes said Jones, a three-year starter, is one of the rocks which Hughes’ program is built on.
“I think he’s very deserving.” Hughes said. “He’s a really good leader and player for our team. He could play for anybody in the area. It wouldn’t matter where he went he would make an impact at any school. He does a really good job. He’s a really good student and a really good kid.”
On the other end of the spectrum second-team selection Rolando Medina, a freshman defender, is the future of the Elks’ program. Hughes said other district coaches would praise Medina after games and ask ‘who’s that kid? I’ve never seen him before’. Hughes would reply ‘that’s because he’s a freshman.’
“He’s pretty good for a freshman,” Hughes said. “He’s part of that freshman class that I’m really excited about. He was probably our most consistent player all year. He never looked out of place out there as a freshman.”
Record-wise Burleson had a tough season finishing district play with a mark of 0-2-12. But Hughes sees better days coming for the Elks thanks in part to a youth movement on the roster.
“This past year having five freshman and five sophomores on the field at times you are going to take some lumps,” Hughes said. “I think in the long run it’s going to help us out. I’m really looking forward to next year.”
To go along with the five freshman that played with the varsity this season there are three or four freshman who played for the junior varsity that as sophomore should help the varsity next season.
“That bodes well for the future,” Hughes said. “This freshman class is really, really good.
We are expecting bigger things next year.”