• Centennial’s Alex Miranda moves the ball during the Spartans win over Fort Worth YLMA last Thursday. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Spartans off to fast start this season

The second boys soccer campaign for Centennial coach Brian Boydston started off well over the weekend as the Spartans finished second at the Saginaw Boswell Friendly Invitational.

“We played well,” Boydston said. “Anytime you win more games over a weekend than you won in the last two years you can’t complain.”

The Spartans finished the tournament with a 3-1 record with the only loss coming in the championship game against Fort Worth North Side. The Steers downed Centennial, 4-0, Saturday night.

“We moved the ball well in the first half and then gave up a penalty kick late in the first half,” Boydston said. “We didn’t respond well to being down in the second half so hopefully we will respond to that. In the second half we didn’t move the ball the way we had in the first half. We didn’t trust our game plan and pressed too much. I know the boys were disappointed with the result, but they played well, especially for playing two games in one day.”

Earlier on Saturday, Centennial smacked Springtown, 9-0, as keepers Josh Emslie and Jace Hoover combined to record a clean sheet.

Nick Scarpello scored a hat trick in the win over the Porcupines. Casey Wright and Darien Burley each scored two goals. Also scoring goals were Mason McBeath and Julian Corpus. Registering two assists in the victory werre Wright, Corpus and Ryan Lujan while Alex Moreno and McBeath had lone assists.

Friday, the Spartans topped host Boswell, 1-0, as Akwasi Agyei scored off an assist from Alex Miranda. Emslie registered the shutout over the Pioneers.

“We flat out dominated Boswell,” Boydstun said. “They couldn’t even get the ball past midfield. We held possesion of the ball for about 70 percent of the game. Their goalie made a couple of great saves or it could have been a really big win. We found a way to get a goal late to get the positive result.”

The Spartans opened the season Thursday with a 5-0 win over Fort Worth YMLA.

Wright scored twice for Centennial. Also notching goals were Burley, Scarpello and Corpus. Alex Moreno picked up a pair of assists while Corin Seale and McBeath each collected assists.

“Playing a couple of weaker teams kind of slows your clock down a little bit,” Boydstun said. “I was glad we got to play North Side because they have the type of speed that we are going to face from some of the teams in our district. They have a really good program.”

The Spartans beat Fort Worth Western Hills, 4-0, Friday with Emslie at keeper.

McBeath registered a hat trick and Scarpello added a score.

Centennial hosts Saginaw Chisholm Trail Friday and hosts Aledo Tuesday.

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