WAXAHACHIE — The Lady Indians lost their second consecutive game on Friday night at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium, falling 2-0 to cross county rival Midlothian.
The loss pushed the Lady Indians to 9-8-1 overall and 4-6 in District 10-5A and separated them from the fourth place Lady Panthers. Midlothian has outscored their last two opponents — Mansfield Timberview and Waxahachie High Schools — nine to nil.
Sid Danner, the head girls' soccer coach at Midlothian High School, said the recent surge of goal scoring has been a result of a recent revolution and evolution.
"We a lot of offensive-minded players this year as opposed to years past," he said. "We also have a good midfield that continually feeds them quality chances with and we haven't had to depend on one individual to do all the scoring and have had 13 different players tally at least one goal. Our success has been despite some roller coaster games due to our inexperience in the back, too."
Midlothian was able to secure the victory with the help of Aaliyah Bivins' two-goal performance and assists by Brooke Greeson. The Lady Panthers' freshman goalkeeper, Zoe Boldt, came up with a big save late in the game on the only shot on goal she faced.
"Brooke Boisvert is the lone holdover from some very strong defensive teams and the consistent shutdown defender we expect," Danner said. "Outside of her, we've started three to four new players in the back including the goalkeeper this year and at times, that inexperience has popped up at the wrong times."
Waxahachie's varsity girl, though, were held scoreless for the second game in a row. It also marked a return to the Jason Venable-like defense expected from any girl in a kelly green-and-white girls' soccer jersey.
Sky Reynolds, a play-making midfielder for Midlothian, was productive offensively despite her three shot attempts striking the goal post, crossbar, and goalkeeper Taylor Camp's outstretched grasp. The two goals allowed by the Lady Indians' defense was the lowest in their last five losses and second-lowest total all season.
With the win, the Lady Panthers moved to 6-4-0 in district and 10-6-0 overall. They were scheduled to face Mansfield Lake Ridge High School at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at M.I.S.D. Multi-Purpose Stadium after press time.
With four games remaining in the regular season, the Lady Indians, which are in fifth place behind Mansfield Legacy, Red Oak, Mansfield Lake Ridge and Midlothian High Schools, are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in more than five years.
Despite the signals of impending doom written on the walls of the UIL playoff schematic, the season is far from over.
They were scheduled to play the No. team in the district, Mansfield Legacy, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at R.L. Anderson Stadium. If Waxahachie can dole out upset defeats to the Lady Broncos and Eagles, win games against Lancaster and Mansfield Timberview High Schools and get some help from both Midlothian and Red Oak, the Lady Indians could force their way back into the playoff conversation.
Both the Lady Panthers and Lady Hawks will play the third place Lady Eagles before the season ends. So will district leader Mansfield Legacy and fifth place Waxahachie. The Lady Indians will face the Mansfield Lake Ridge in the season finale.
Marcus S. Marion can be reached for story idea submissions or concerns at (469) 517-1456. Follow him on Twitter at @MarcusMarionWNI.