Winning a second-consecutive district championship was far from a certainty for the Waxahachie Indian soccer team when the season began.
Not only are the Indians in the ever-tough District 10-5A with some of the best talent in Region 2, but they are young. Real young.
Yet, after defeating Lancaster, 4-1, Tuesday night at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium, here we are: the Indians control their district-title destiny.
Waxahachie head boys' soccer coach Seth Riley said he thought the win was "good" and noted that sometimes the scoreboard does not "show how decisive it is."
"I thought that we dominated most of the play. We struggled and really didn’t start scoring until the very end," Riley said. "It was a 4-1 win, but I thought that the guys played well enough, but it could have been even better than that.
"We played good defense throughout the game. We gave up that free kick early on. From there we just locked down to give ourselves the lead to the finish," he added. "Our defense really stepped to make sure to keep us in the ballgame until we finally got things together to set ourselves apart from them."
Rolando Nieto recorded a hat trick (3 goals) in the win, while Michael Mckay added one goal. Raymond Kennedy and David Hernandez recorded assists.
The win coupled with a (12-6-2, 8-3-1) Midlothian loss has (12-4-2, 9-2-1) Waxahachie two full points ahead of the Panthers for the top spot in the district standings with two matches to play.
The Indians close the regular season with road games against Mansfield Lake Ridge (March 9) and Mansfield Summit (March 20. They also play Anna in a non-district match March 16 at home.
Mike Sackett/Daily Light contributed to this report.