The Dallas Morning News

Class 4A: Freshman midfielder Jules Burrows scored three goals in Midlothian Heritage’s 6-0 win over Corpus Christi Calallen.

Calallen focused its defense elsewhere, and Burrows capitalize­d

- By STEPHEN WAGNER

GEORGETOWN — Midlothian Heritage freshman midfielder Jules Burrows doesn’t usually eat breakfast, but she did Friday morning.

She scarfed down a breakfast burrito hours before the Jaguars’ 4A state championsh­ip game against Corpus Christi Calallen, even though breakfast isn’t part of her regular regimen. But it gave her the extra boost she needed for her first state title match.

And after scoring a hat trick in an MVP performanc­e in Heritage’s 6-0 state championsh­ip victory, she may have found a new routine.

“I wasn’t expecting to [score] three goals. I was wanting one, but three is pretty good,” Burrows said. “They were wanting me to score, so they were giving me prizes. I was like, ‘OK! I’ll try!’ and then I just kept on going.”

Burrows had not been the team’s star by any stretch leading into Friday’s contest against the Wildcats. The freshman had 10 goals and three assists on the season, only half of what Heritage leading scorer and senior forward Rachel Allen had recorded.

But in a season riddled by injuries and the unexpected, it could have been anyone’s day.

It just happened to be Burrows.

“She’s a phenomenal player. … They were leaving the middle of the field open a little bit, and she took advantage of it,” head coach Gerald Slovacek said. “It’s a team effort, but she’s in that position, she’s in that role where she’s going to be that scorer, and she stepped up today. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Her first goal less than seven minutes in gave the Jaguars a 1-0 lead. Her second goal four minutes later stretched the lead to 3-0. Her third goal, six minutes into the second half, gave Heritage a controllin­g 5-0 lead.

Calallen couldn’t keep up, and Heritage kept its foot on the gas.

The Wildcats’ explosive offense, averaging 7.9 goals per game over a 20-game win streak, was held scoreless for the first time this season as they struggled to get shot off. Calallen did not record a shot on goal in the first half and only recorded one for the game.

“Before we came out, we were all trying to focus and [saying] ‘Even if we’re ahead, we’re going to keep pushing and keep on going, so just in case we get out of focus, we’re still good,’” Burrows said.

Now with her first state championsh­ip, Burrows is setting her sights on capturing a second title, like Allen now has, and going on to win even more. But for now, she plans on savoring the moment and finding the right words to describe her emotions.

“We’re so excited,” Burrows said.

“It’s very fun.”

 ?? Thao Nguyen/special Contributo­r ?? Midlothian Heritage head coach Gerald Slovacek cheers with his players after their win over Calallen to capture the Class 4A state championsh­ip.
Thao Nguyen/special Contributo­r Midlothian Heritage head coach Gerald Slovacek cheers with his players after their win over Calallen to capture the Class 4A state championsh­ip.

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