Friday night on the pitch proved last season was no fluke for the Waxahachie Indian soccer team. Regardless of the outcome of their final regular season match, the Indians have repeated as the District 10-5A champions.
The only question mark that remains following the 2-1 defeat of Mansfield Lake Ridge at Vernon Newsom Stadium is if that district title will be shared with neighboring Midlothian.
The Indians currently sit atop the district standings with 21 points (10-2-1 in District 10-5A). They will need 22 points to ensure a second-consecutive outright district championship after Midlothian picked up its ninth win and 19th point by defeating Lancaster on the road Friday night, 3-nil.
What all of that means is that Waxahachie needs — at worst – a draw in the final district match to claim the outright title with no help from the Panthers. An Indian win also clinches the championship outright. A Midlothian win and Waxahachie loss would result in a shared district crown.
On Friday, Raymond Kennedy provided both Indian goals off of Josh Duarte and Rolando Nieto assists. The goals were the fifth and sixth for Kennedy this season, while Nieto recorded his team-high 16th assist and Duarte his ninth.
Waxahachie is now 14-4-2 on the season.
The win also came in the same stadium that the Indians claimed the first district title in program history in 2017 — and against the same team.
Waxahachie used a late Gama Chavez goal to defeat Lake Ridge, 2-1, at Vernon Newsom Stadium last season to claim that District 10-5A championship. The Indians then bowed out of the playoffs in the first round against Cleburne, 2-0.
The Indians will not play over spring break. Waxahachie returns to action Friday, March 16 against Anna at 5:45 p.m. at home and then close out the regular season on the road against Mansfield Summit at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith