• Burleson senior Faith Strube scored the lone goal Thursday night during the Lady Elks, 2-1, loss to Mansfield Lake Ridge in a Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff game at Mansfield’s R.L. Anderson Stadium. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

Lady Elks come up short against Mansfield Lake Ridge

For 80 minutes Thursday night, Burleson’s girls gave Mansfield Lake Ridge all it could handle in a Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff game.

Lake Ridge scored early in the second half then held on to collect a 2-1 victory at Mansfield’s R.L. Anderson Stadium.

The post-season appearance was the first for Burleson (16-7-3) since 2016 when the Lady Elks lost to Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 1-0, in a bi-district game.

“I thought they played really well,” Burleson coach Erin Poyner said. “They had some great possession tonight. Lake Ridge is athletic and fast and they hung with them.

“I thought we had a great season. They learned how to play a much better tactical game. They are really young and learned a lot. We have a really good foundation for next season.”

The Lady Elks struck first Thursday when Faith Strube crossed a ball towards the goal mouth. The shot hit the post nicked off a Lake Ridge played and landed in the net.

“We got a big boost after the goal but sadly we shut down afterward and they scored back on us,” Burleson keeper Julia Mashburn said. “

The lead didn’t last long as Lake Ridge’s Celia Duarte scored on a breakaway in the 10th minutes to tie things at 1-1.

After an offside call negated a Burleson scoring opportunity, Lake Ridge finished the first half strong creating five chances including a nice shot with 15 minutes left in the half.

After the Lady Elks’ defense thwarted a Lake Ridge breakaway, the Lady Elks lobbed three balls high over the crossbar in the final seven minutes of the half.

Lake Ridge kept the momentum rolling in the second half as the Lady Eagles scored the go-ahead goal in the 49th minute. Megan Thompson scored what would be the game-winner.

Burleson’s Maycie Massingill nearly tied the game a few minutes later but her shot was smothered by Lake Ridge’s keeper.

In the final 10 minutes, Massingil made a brilliant run through the middle of the Lady Eagles defense but couldn’t turn the run into a scoring chance. With less than four minutes to play, Massingill launched a shot that was saved.

The Lady Elks couldn’t create another scoring opportunity.

“I felt really confident that we were going to do,” Burleson keeper Julia Mashburn said. “We still did well even though we lost. We worked hard to get here, that we could make it and that soccer is a really big sport to all of us. I love playing with this team. I love playing at Burleson High School and I’m going to miss it."

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