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    Burleson’s Jordan Walker plays defense during the Lady Elks’ 3-0 loss to Mansfield Legacy Friday night during a Class 5A Region I quarterfinal game at Arlington Martin. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Lady Elks fall to Mansfield Legacy

Things didn’t start off well in Burleson’s Class 5A Region II quarterfinal girls soccer playoff game with District 5-5A foe Mansfield Legacy.

The Lady Broncos stunned the Lady Elks, scoring twice in the first three minutes of the game, then went on to a 3-0 victory to advance to the regional tournament.

“We just should have played better in the first half,” Burleson coach Erin Poyner said. “We blitzed ourselves early. It was a rough three minutes and definitely not the way we wanted to start the game.

The Lady Elks, who finished fourth in 5-5A, ended the season with a record of 16-8-3. In district play, Legacy won both contests.

Our biggest focus right now is just celebrating the team and making such a deep playoff run,” Poyner said. “It goes without saying things could have played out better, but in a long season of lessons to learn, we’ll just look at it as another opportunity for growth down the line. Ultimately, when trying to establish a winning program, there are obstacles to overcome. These young women have learned the harder lesson to be as confident in their ability as any other program out there. We really only took losses to programs that went nearly as far as ourselves or further.”

The Lady Broncos held a 3-0 lead at halftime at Arlington Martin High School.

In the second half, Burleson settled down and created several scoring opportunities but couldn’t cash in.

“We did a much better job in the second half,” Poyner said. “We had some chances.”

Despite the loss, Poyner said the future is bright for the Lady Elks.

“I think moving forward we have a good foundation to build off of and if anyone is going to continue to put in the work, it will be this exceptional group of young women,” Poyner said. “There’s big things ahead for the Lady Elks, already looking forward to their success in 2020.”

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