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    Centennial's girls soccer team topped Lubbock Coronado, 2-1, Friday in a Class 5A Region I semifinal at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Lady Spartans top Lubbock Coronado in regional semifinal

Centennial will face Mansfield Legacy for berth in state tournament

WICHITA FALLS – Centennial coach Brian Boydstun calls freshman forward Brooke Mullins a pest because of the trouble she causes for opposing teams.

Mullins scored a goal and drew a foul that resulted in a penalty kick Friday as the Lady Spartans defeated Lubbock Coronado, 2-1, in a Class 5A Region I semifinal at Memorial Stadium.

“She’s a great athlete and she gives us a great spark up top,” Boydstun said. “She has great touch on the ball and creates havoc.”

The victory advanced Centennial to the Region I finals on Satruday.

The Lady Spartans first regional semifinal game started off well with Mullins finding the back of the net in the 11th minute.

“Madylin (Cross) passed it to me and I got past two girls and shot it past the goalies reach,” Mullins said.

With 4:44 to play in the first half, Mullins was fouled resulting in a penalty kick. Junior defender Ashli Galupi drilled the penalty kick into the right side of the net for a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Mustangs (24-4-1) scored with 16 minutes left to slice the lead to 2-1 but the Lady Spartans defense was able to protect the lead for the win.

“They are a good team and they score a ton of goals,” Boydstum said. “One of the things we talked about was that we have to drop back because they have some speed and get behind defenses. I’m proud of the way our team handled things today.”

Boydstun said scoring first was huge for the Lady Spartans

“Scoring early was a big boost for us because of the way we play defense we always have a chance to win it or at least get it to a penalty shootout,” Boydstun said. “I’m just really proud of them.”

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