Making history was the theme for this year’s Indians soccer team.
Although the team didn’t accomplish the feats it had hoped to, coach Jason Venable acknowledged the importance of this season during the annual Indians soccer banquet last Thursday night.
With a 16-5 season and 14-4 district records, the Indians set a mark for victories in a single season. The fifth-year coach credited his senior-laden squad.
“This group will be hard to replace,” Venable said. “What our senior class has been able to do during their four years is remarkable. They’ve set the standard and it’s going to be hard to top.”
The culmination of the four years of work ended when the Indians strung together a 10-game winning streak to end district play.
The incredible run catapulted Waxahachie to a second place finish in District 11-4A.
However, the Indians were unable to record the program’s first playoff victory when they suffered a 2-0 loss to Adamson in a bi-district matchup.
With nine seniors leaving, Venable knows he has big shoes to fill.
“This is a group that I know I will always remember,” he said.
Those seniors recognized were Hank Alven, Matt Calame, Forrester Coppock, Eric Davila, Colton Dobbins, Hugo Guerrero, Cobey Maynard, Trey Prohaska and Chase Woodhouse.
As the individual awards were about to be presented, Venable announced a new award that would be given out – the captain’s award.
The Indians coach said his three captains – Alven, Maynard and Woodhouse – approached him about giving out an award to an individual who exemplifies being a team player.
The trio of captains presented the award to Trey Prohaska. The senior midfielder was rewarded for providing the team with consistent motivation throughout the season.
Venable went on to give out the heart and hustle award, defensive and offensive MVP awards, as well as the team MVP award. Woodhouse and Maynard were the recipients of the heart and hustle award. The first team all-district goalkeeper collected nine shutouts, while the first team all-district sweeper helped anchor a defense that allowed 0.81 goals per game.
The defensive MVP award went to Jonathan Salinas. The all-district defender provided the Indians’ defense with steady play at the left halfback position, while scoring six goals, all of which came off of free kicks.
The offense MVP award was given to Alven. The District 11-4A utility player of the year was second in scoring with 15 goals and played multiple positions to help his team.
The final award to be handed out was the team MVP, which went to Sheldon Ellis. The District 11-4A MVP led the team in scoring with 22 goals and 11 assists. The junior forward has led the team in goals scored for three straight seasons.
Before the varsity squad was given its awards and certifications, coach DeWayne Volentine presented the junior varsity team with its own accolades.
Sophomore forward Michael Swindle was given the offensive MVP award for leading the team in scoring, while sophomore defender Taylor Brown and junior defensive midfielder Jesus Sierra collected the defensive MVP award.
Venable started off the evening recognizing the JV II team, as it was the first time the Indians soccer program had a second JV team.
Freshman midfielder Johnny Gonzales was announced as the offensive MVP, while sophomore Joey Charles earned the defensive MVP award.
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