FW Arlington Heights girls shut down Burleson Centennial

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Fort Worth Arlington Heights senior forward Riley Reynolds scored in each half on breakaway goals as the Yellow Jackets defeated Burleson Centennial 2-0 in a Class 4A Region I sectionalgame Friday at Bearcat Stadium.

“We were really lucky tonight,” Heights coach David Rubinson said. “They played hard and we played hard. We had to have some grit tonight. They kids really had to fight tonight.”

The Yellow Jackets (16-2) will play Denton Guyer at 8 p.m. Monday at Farrington Field in a quarterfinal playoff.

Centennial (22-2-1) had advanced to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in the program’s three-year history. Heights handed the Spartans their other loss, 2-0, in the Aledo tournament.

With 48 seconds left, Reynolds found the back of the net on a breakaway when the Spartans’ defense failed to clear a ball.

The Jackets had several scoring opportunities in the first half. Reynolds hit the near post eight minutes into the game. She also banged a shot into the side netting with 14 minutes left.

Centennial keeper Robin Blood made a sliding save minutes later, and with three minutes to play Heights chipped a ball over the crossbar from point-blank range.

While the Jackets were creating chances in the first half, their defense was shutting down Centennial’s high-scoring attack.

In the second half, Reynolds scored with 21:54 to play when Blood couldn’t contain the ball. Reynolds raced in and scored, giving Heights a 2-0 lead.

Centennial’s leading scorer, Koryann Clark, appeared to score off a pass from Ashley Ledford with 20 minutes remaiing, but the play was called offside.

A minute later, Clark made a nice sideline run but her cross found no one.

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