In less than two minutes, Burleson Centennial’s boys soccer team broke open Tuesday’s Class 4A bi-district playoff match with Cleburne.
The Spartans, with some help from the Yellow Jackets, scored a pair of second-half goals to post a 2-0 Centennial victory at Charles Head Stadium in Alvarado.
Centennial (21-3-3), the champions of District 16-4A, will take on Fort Worth North Side (15-4-4) at 6 p.m. Thursday in an area-round playoff game at Scarborough-Handley Field.
“Sometimes when a team packs it in defensively, you have to be patient and we were,” Centennial coach Chance Rose said. “A lot of times to beat a team like that, you have to get a scrappy goal. We got that goal, and then they pushed their guys up and we get a second goal.”
In the 61st minute, a shot hit the post, and a Cleburne defender knocked the ball in for an own goal. Then in the 63rd minute, Blake Beckrich rocketed home a rebound into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. The Spartans appeared to score when the ball hit the post and then ricocheted off the cross to Beckrich.
• Cleburne girls 1, Centennial 0: After surviving a penalty kick in the opening minutes, the Yellow Jackets (13-5-6) made a first-half goal stand against the Spartans (12-4-4) at Charles Head Stadium on Tuesday.
A goal from Brittany Brown and a stellar performance by keeper Hanna Johnson ended the Spartans’ playoff campaign.
Cleburne, the fourth-place team from District 15-4A, will take on Fort Worth North Side in the second round.
Brown scored the game’s only goal in the 22nd minute when she split the defense and slotted the ball home.
In the third minute, Centennial’s Ashley Ledford’s penalty kick attempt sailed over the cross bar.
The Spartans picked things up on offensive in the second half. Ledford and Koryann Clark created numerous scoring opportunities, but Johnson stopped each shot.
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