Hernandez's late goal gives Elks playoff win over Red Oak

MANSFIELD - Burleson junior Freddy Hernandez said things were pretty rough for him most of the night during the Elks’ Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff game against Red Oak.

But with less than six minutes to play and the game tied 2-2 Hernandez saw his chance and made the most of it.

Hernandez gathered in a ball and rifled a shot just inside the far post to give the Elks the lead and set off a wild celebration.

“I just saw the ball coming and I saw the opportunity to finish the game up,” Hernandez said. “I took the chance and it was done.”

The junior raced towards the stands at Mansfield’s R.L. Stadium and celebrated with Burleson students who were standing at the rail. It was the same celebration he uses when playing the FFIA 18 video game.

“We were playing good but I was having a rough night, so I just let everything out,” Hernandez said.

The goal proved the difference as the Elks went on to a 3-2 win over Red Oak.

Burleson (15-4-5), the second-place team from District 9-5A, will face either Dallas Bryan Adams or Dallas Samuel on Tuesday in an area-round game. Bryan Adams and Samuel play Friday at 3 p.m. at Forester Field in Dallas.

Burleson fell behind 2-1 when in the 26th minute when Angel Medel scored.

The Elks scored first eight minutes into the game on a goal by Rolando Medina. Forty-five seconds later, the Hawks tied the game when Rene Cortez scored.

In the second half, things turned around for the Elks.

“We found a rhythm in the second half and started playing well and were able to get a couple of goals to get the win,” Burleson coach Travis Hughes said. “The kids have worked really hard to get to this point. They deserve some success. It’s good that they got it.”

With 26 minutes to play, Henry Garcia broke free on the left side and lanced a shot past the Hawks’ keeper to tie the game at 2-2.

Then Hernandez scored the game-winner in the waning minutes.

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