• Burleson junior midfielder Faith Strube returns this season for the Lady Elks.  BURLESON COURTESY PHOTO/STEPHANIE MITCHELL

Leshinski will guide Lady Elks

For the past two years, Chris Leshinski served as assistant coach to Buleson girls soccer head coach Charles Nobles.

With Nobles departure, Leshinski takes over the Lady Elks program which made the playoffs last season.

Burleson posted a record of 6-2-6 in District 8-5A play last season and an overall mark of 14-3-8. The Lady Elks fell to Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 1-0, in an opening round playoff match.

The key for Leshinski will be finding a way to replace the scoring of last season’s 8-5A co-utility player of the year freshman McKenna Saul, who scored 20 goals and registered 15 assists. Saul opted to play club ball this season.

“We lost some good players from last year’s team,” Leshinski said. “But we have capable players who can fill those holes.”

Senior forward Madison Ezell, a first-team player last season, will be counted on to provide offense. Kristianne Smedholenm, an exchange student from Norway, could also be a key offensive player.

Junior midfielder Faith Strube, another first-team player, will be counted on to provide leadership for the Lady Elks. Burleson’s defense should be strong with senior Amanda Wince returning to lead the fold. Second-team player junior keeper Julia Mashburn returns at keeper.

The Lady Elks open play today hosting the Lady Elk Invitational. Burleson opens District 9-5A play Jan. 27 hosting Granbury.

Burleson Star

327 N.W. Renfro St.
PO Box 909
Burleson, TX 76028-0909

Phone: 817-295-0486
FAX: 817-295-5278

 

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Burleson junior midfielder Faith Strube returns this season for the Lady Elks.  BURLESON COURTESY PHOTO/STEPHANIE MITCHELL