They say that its not about whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. But if you play the game well, don’t you deserve to win a couple?
That was the dilemma the Waxahachie girls’ soccer team had been facing this season. The offense has been controlling possession and getting tons of shots, but the ball just wasn’t finding the net.
That led to frustration, but also confidence that soon that misfortune would turn into production. It finally did Friday night as the Lady Indians rolled to a 5-1 victory against Joshua.
“It was good to see,” Waxahachie soccer coach Jason Venable said of the offense. “They are a good team too. They went three rounds deep in the playoffs last year and I knew it was going to be a good game.”
Waxahachie has been playing good games against everybody, just not quite good enough to beat everybody. In their last six games, the Lady Indians had scored just three goals, but dominated time of possession. Waxahachie’s defense had played well enough during that stretch to get a win and force three ties, but they weren’t satisfied.
“I told them that if they just stuck with what we were doing we would start getting four or five goals,” Venable said. “We had a meeting earlier and it was obvious the frustration had set in. We saw a lot of good things tonight, some things we had talked about doing over and over again.”
Among those things was executing off corner kicks and throw in plays. Those turned into three goals on the night. Tierney Thomison scored one of her two goals off a cross on a corner kick. The other came on a medium-range shot where she just beat her defender.
Thomison also got a pair of assists, both on goals by Karleigh Hector, who coincidently got credit for the assists on Thomison’s goals. The fifth goal came in the final five minutes as Millie Atkins put the cherry on top of the win.
Waxahachie led 1-0 less than 10 minutes in thanks to Thomison’s first score, but Joshua scored on a free kick just five minutes later to even the score.
Neither team could get much going for the next 20 minutes when Hector got her first goal of the night to break the tie. Hector and Thomison scored four minutes apart midway through the second half to put the game away.
“It was just a good all-around effort on offense and defense,” Venable said. “Their one goal came on a shot we shouldn’t have allowed because of the penalty.”
If there was one complaint the coach had, it was on the penalties.
“We had two bad penalties in the second half that almost let them score,” Venable said. “We can’t just give teams chances to score.”
The common thought after the game was that “winning solves everything” and the team seemed to be in a much better mood after the win than after all those tough ties and loses of the last two weeks.
“We needed that. We all like each other better than we did Tuesday night,” Venable said. “We were frustrated because of the ties, but now we get the weekend to enjoy this.”
Waxahachie (4-2-3) will actually get almost a whole week to enjoy it because it won’t take the pitch again until it hosts Granbury at 6:30 p.m. Friday.