• Centennial’s boys soccer program honored its senior class Friday night before the Spartans’ win over Joshua. Shown are, from left, Casey Wright, Darien Burley, Corin Seale, coach Brian Boydstun, Josh Emslie, Alex Moreno and Alex Miranda. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Spartans make playoffs for the first time since 2013

Going into Monday’s game at Everman, Centennial’s boys soccer team knew it just had to register a tie to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

The Spartans did just that, playing the Bulldogs to a 0-0 draw in District 9-5A play. Everman won the penalty kick shootout, 5-4, but the one point Centennial earned was all the Spartans needed to finish third.

Centennial (5-7-2 25 points)  will open the playoffs next weekend against a yet to be determined opponent from District 9-5A. The Spartans last playoff game was a 1-0 loss to Stephenville in Class 4A Region I sectional playoff game.

“We just needed to tie tonight,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said. “Everman was fast and created some opportunities but our defense was good. We really made it difficult on them. We didn’t want to rely on Joshua beating Cleburne to make the playoffs.”

Centennial needed points Friday night to stay in the playoff hunt and got two of them as the Spartans defeated Joshua, 5-3, in a penalty kick shootout t at home. The game ended at 1-1 in regulation.

“What a game,” Centennial coach Brian Boydstun said. “I’m so proud of the guys tonight. In a game that they flat out dominated possession, we faced adversity twice and found a way back both times. They never gave up.”

The two points kept the Spartans in second place in district heading into Monday’s 9-5A finale.

Nick Scarpello scored an unassisted goal early in the second half and Corin Seale notched the game-tying goal off a cross from Scarpello to tie the game at 2-2.

Before the game, the Spartans’ senior class of Darien Burley, Josh Emslie, Alex Miranda, Alex Moreno, Corin Seale, Casey Wright was honored.

“This senior class has gone through three years of not making the playoffs,” Boydstun said. “Making the playoffs is big for this senior class. They went through a lot of tough times and to see the success they have had this season is great for them. This senior class and what they have accomplished this season is special to me.”

 

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