Lady Elks upset bid comes up short in shootout loss
The Burleson girls’ soccer team went into Friday night’s game looking for a big upset against District 9-5A leading Joshua, but they came up just short as the Lady Elks fell to Lady Owls 5-4 in penalty kicks.
Burleson (3-3-3) and Joshua (7-0-2) finished regulation tied 2-2. After the initial five penalty kicks were taken, the teams were still tied. Joshua’s April Aguayo finally ended the game with a goal on the ninth attempt.
Burleson coach Chris Leshinski said he was happy with the way his team battled, especially against a team they lost to 3-0 in their previous matchup.
“They fought hard and I’m proud of them for that,” Leshinski said. “This is the second loss we’ve had in PK’s this week, but we really needed a point for district tonight. And we were able to do that against the top team.”
Burleson keeper Julia Mashburn came up with two big stops in the shootout that gave the team a chance to win, but the Lady Elks were unable to capitalize.
The Lady Elks struck first when junior Faith Strube scored on a mishandled ball by the Joshua goalkeeper. Strube’s goal gave the Lady Elks a 1-0 lead with 28:15 left in the first half.
Joshua’s Destiny Keeble tied the game up with a goal with 16:03 left in the first. The Lady Owls then took the lead on a goal from Chloe Walker.
With the game coming down to the last few minutes, Joshua was called for a handball in the box, resulting in a penalty kick.
Strube stepped up and knocked in her second goal of the game to tie it up at 2-2.
The four Lady Elks to score in penalty kicks were Amanda Wince, Summer Mashburn, Kristianne Smedholen and Jordan Rosser.
Coach Leshinski said he looks forward to his team fighting for a playoff spot down the stretch.
“The last four games we’ve really played well,” Leshinski said. “We’ve got two big games coming up with Everman on Tuesday and Centennial on Friday. We’ll need to keep getting points if we want to finish in the top four.”