Lady Elks win tournament title
Things went well for Burleson’s girls soccer team and new coach Erin Poyner as the Lady Elks won the title at the Lady Elk Tournament over the weekend. Burleson defended its title at the event.
“It goes without saying, finishing first in our Lady Elk Invitational tournament was a great way to start off our season,” Poyner said. “Overall, I thought they executed their roles extremely well from our defensive unit to offensive unit. We moved the ball around quickly, dominated possession for the majority of our games and created some dynamic chances to finish up top. There’s still improvement for us to do moving forward, but the girls did great work all around.”
Senior Faith Strube, who scored in all games over the weekend, was repeated as the tournament MVP. Junior Adriana Zaragoza and freshman Maycie Massingill were also on the all-tournament team.
“What I am most proud of though, is watching the little things pay off,” Poyner said. “We outlined a program goal at the beginning of the year and it required a total buy in. We’re carrying a large roster for reasons that make sense to me, but the girls needed to see for themselves why as well. One of the best parts of our weekend was being able to share playing time almost evenly, change the lineup frequently, and be able to maintain the depth without breaks in our style of play.”
Burleson topped Fort Worth South Hills, 3-1, in Saturday’s title game. Strube scored twice in the win off assists from Bailey Berry and Gracie Spradley. Massingill picked up an assist on a goal by Spradley.
Earlier on Saturday, Strube scored a goal off an assist by Massingill in a 1-0 victory over Dallas Molina.
The Lady Elks registered a win and a tie on Friday. Burleson tied Grand Prairie, 1-1, and defeated DeSoto, 3-1, later that night.
Strube scored the lone goal against Grand Prairie with the assist going to Massingill.
In the win over DeSoto, Strube notched a goal off an assist from Abby Boatright. Massingill scored a goal with the assist going to Spradley and Spradley scored off an assist from Strube.
The Lady Elks new coach faced her former team in Thursday’s tournament opener as Burleson defeated Fort Worth Western Hills, 2-0.
Strube scored both goals in the victory. Picking up assists on Strube’s goals were Emma Eubanks and Massingill.
The Lady Elks open play today at the Lubbock ISD Tournament.
Burleson hosts Birdville Tuesday and hosts Carrollton Ranchview Jan. 19.
The Lady Elks begin District 9-5A play Jan. 26 at Granbury.