The Waxahachie Lady Indians soccer team outplayed, outshot and outclassed Carrollton Creekview in the championship game of the Highway 287 Tournament on Saturday.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t outscore the Lady Mustangs in the Lady Indians’ 1-0 loss.
Creekview mustered just one shot the entire game, a chip shot in the first few minutes of the second half, but that was enough to get the win.
“It’s tough to lose to a team you know you dominated the whole game,” Waxahachie coach Jason Venable said. “They had one shot. The whole game. It just went in. There was nothing else on goal, but that one. It was really frustrating.”
Waxahachie had its chances early in the game, six first half shots, but Creekview played purely defensive in the second half and kept the Lady Indians off the scoreboard.
“Even when they got their goal, I thought we were still going to have our chances and even it up,” Venable said. “But you never know and I feel like we learned a lot of lessons.”
The team got a few short looks from veteran Tierney Thomison and rookie Ariana Acosta in the second half, but nothing found the twine.
“You’d think with the opportunities we had, the outcome would have been different,” Venable said.
While its tough to lose, especially in the championship game of a tournament, at home, but the team may benefit from this in the long run. It has to take this loss and learn how to handle the situation and know that even when you control the game, you aren’t always going to win.
“It’s definitely a learning lesson for the girls. Sometimes one kick can make the decision for the whole game,” Venable said. “That’s what you’ve got to love and hate about the game at the same time. That could be you on the other end.”
This was the third game of the season for the team and they have seven non-district games before 10 district contests. There’s still plenty of time to put this in the past and actually grow because of it.
“If there’s a time to lose, it’s early in the year. That way, you can learn quite a few things,” Venable said. “I thought we played very well defensively. We didn’t have one of our starters on defense, but we still had four other really good ones and we did some really good things.”
It was a fiesty game that saw a lot of chatter and some minor pushing and shoving between the players. That gives the teams even more to think about for the next few weeks until they get another crack at each other.
Waxahachie and Creekview were already scheduled to play again at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Lumpkins Stadium. That contest bodes to be one of the best remaining games of the season.
The Lady Indians (2-1) didn’t have much time to think about the loss because they played Monday night in Stephenville. See how the team fared in Wednesday’s Waxahachie Daily Light and www.waxahachietx.com.
Waxahachie will play in the Moritz Kia Tournament of Champions in Aledo later this week. The Lady Indians take on host Aledo at 12:30 p.m. then take on Crowley at 6:30 p.m. Friday.