MANSFIELD — The Lady Indians 2017 soccer season — riddled with multiple season-ending injuries and nagging bumps and bruises that left them at half strength — ended with Friday's 5-0 loss to Mansfield Lake Ridge High School at Vernon Newsom Stadium.
Waxahachie (11-10-1, 6-8) finished its season in fifth place in District 10-5A.
The five goals scored Friday night, however, were only the fourth time the Lady Indians allowed five or more goals. The loss also snapped a two-game win streak.
"We suffered two ankle injuries and a concussion. Tha's been the story of the season," said Jason Venable, the head girls' soccer coach at Waxahachie High School. "As soon as we get one back, we lose another. The effort all of our players and seniors gave this season — win or lose — showed the determination of a program that has a proud past and a bright future."
The Lady Indians will watch seniors Ariana Acosta, Kathleen Kyle, Katelynn Glenn, Hannah Hendriks, Abigail Martinez, Abby Patterson, Rebecca Rivas, Brigette Sierra and Lexi Workman graduate in the spring.
Martinez leaves the as the fourth highest scorer in Waxahachie girls program history after scoring six against Lancaster High School on Tuesday night.
Her sixth goal shattered the five scored by Katie Hinds against Mabank High School in 2006 and the five scored by Emily Saunders against county rival Ennis High School in 2010, placing her 10 behind Hinds at No. 7 on the all-time single-season goals list.
Martinez's 24th score of 2017 placed her behind Hinds (128), Emily Saunders (120) and Veronica Najera (68). Her 66 career goals entered her into an elite top five of a storied history of female Waxahachie girls that includes Hinds, Breann Morris, Brandi Battles, Natalie Kelly, Mackenzie Posey and Megan Gaither.
"It's humbling to be a part of Waxahachie history," Martinez said Wednesday. "It makes me happy to know that all my hard work in four years of playing high school soccer has paid off. Now there's something for people to remember me by."
Before Martinez nailed her kick to the back of the Lady Tigers' net, the record stood for seven years. She is also fifth in career assists with 36 — two behind former Lady Indian Tierney Thomison.
Waxahachie will return a bevy of talent next season namely second leading scorers Savannah Duvall and Danielle Kyle. The girls, which will enter their junior year, scored 10 goals apiece in 2017.
Duvall and Kyle will join fellow sophomores Yossly Cazares, Madelynn James, Alex March, Sophie Melick, Alyssa Stevens and Katlyn Winford as well as junior goalkeepers Cat Dunbar and Taylor Camp and fellow juniors midfielders Ryleigh Horn, Klarissa Thomas and Kailee Norman.
"I wasn't ready for this [season] to be over, but I am blessed to have had these seniors in my life," Venable said. "I am so proud of each of them. They will become great women and always part of our family and tradition."
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