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    Centenial junior midfielder Casie Watson goes up for a header during the Lady Spartans, 2-1, loss Satruday to Mansfield Legacy in the Class 5A Region I final at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium. BURLESON STAR/ANGELIQUE HAYS

Lady Spartans fall to Mansfield Legacy in regional final

MANSFIELD — It took a while to get Saturday’s Class 5A Region I girls soccer final started.

Inclement weather in the Wichita Falls area forced Centennial and Mansfield Legacy’s squads to drive back to the Metroplex where the teams faced off at Vernon Newsom Stadium.

The best season in Centennial’s programs history came to an end with 2-0 loss to the Lady Broncos.

“Had we played it in Wichita falls there was no guarantee the rain was going to stop,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said. “So we came down here and got wind and rain. We just have bad luck with weather today. It wasn’t a good situation either way. That was the worst weather we played in all year and it just happens to be the game that decides who goes to state. Both teams had to play in it.”

The Lady Spartans finished with a record of 22-2-2. District 5-5A foe Legacy (23-1-2) will play in a state semifinal Thursday against Dripping Springs in Georgetown.

Even in adverse conditions, Boydstun said his team played well early then the heavy winds hit and things took a turn for the worse.

“We were dominating possession and dominating the game until about 20 minutes left in the first half and the winds just cranked up,” Boydstun said. “We were going against the wind in the first half and it made for a tough going.

The ball just stayed on our end and it became a matter of just finding a way to survive the half and we gave up two goals.”

Legacy scored 15 minutes into the game when Olivia Jackson put a rebound into the back of the net. The goal came after Centennial keeper Reese McCain deflected a shot by Legacy’s Ashley Perez from 35 yards out. McCain’s deflection hit the post and bounced back allowing a charging Jackson to score.

A minute later, the Lady Broncos scored off a Lilee Simpson corner kick. Simpson’s serve found Brenda Scheffler who banged the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Centennial created eight shots and five of them were on frame. The Lady Spartans best opportunities came off corner kicks from Kayla Smith in the second half.

“It was a great season,” said Boydstun, who is in his first season leading the team. “How can you not be proud of what we accomplished? I took over a relatively young group just over a month before the season started and I don’t think there were a lot of expectations and look what we were able to do.”

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