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    Centennial’s girls soccer team defeated Little Elm, 2-1, in overtime to advance to the third round of the playoffs. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

Lady Spartans oust Little Elm in overtime

Tuesday night, Centennial’s girls’ soccer team faced adversity in the eye and didn’t blink.

Trailing 1-0 late to Little Elm, the Lady Spartans scored twice, once and in regulation and once in overtime, for a 2-0 win in a Class 5A Region I area-round playoff game at Coppell’s Buddy Echols Field.

“The biggest thing tonight was we faced adversity and stuck together,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said. “The girls did a great job.”

Centennial (22-1-2) will take on Grapevine Friday in a regional quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Friday at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield. The winner heading to the regional tournament. This will be the Lady Spartans second trip to the regional quarterfinals.

When Centennial fell behind, Boydstun said he decided to throw numbers up front to try and get the equalizing goal. The plan worked.

The Lady Spartans tied the game thanks to a free kick by sophomore defender Kayla Smith from just outside the penalty box. Smith ripped the shot into the net.

In preparation for the game, Boydstun had his players work on their stamina.

Watching game film, Boydstun saw the Lady Lobos didn’t sub many players.

“We knew we had to outrun them,” Boydstun said. “We subbed a bunch tonight.”

After a scoreless first 10-minute overtime period, the Lady Spartans scored with five minutes to play when Smith’s throw-in found sophomore midfielder Brooklyn Holybee who found the back of the net.

With time running out, junior keeper Reese McCain made a save to preserve the win. The junior had numerous big saves Tuesday night.

“Reese had a great game for us,” Boydstun said. “This is the first game she has really been tested.”

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