Freshman Karleigh Hector recorded her first hat trick as the Waxahachie Lady Indians opened up the scoring early Tuesday in a big District 28-4A game against Corsicana.
Hector got Waxahachie on the board in the seventh minute after taking the ball at midfield and racing past all the Corsicana defenders to set up an easy one-and-one with the Corsicana keeper. The quick 1-0 lead gave the Lady Indians the momentum they needed as they rolled to a 7-0 shutout of the third place team in 28-4A.
“I am just real excited,” Hector said. “It was really important for us to get the first goal. Now we need to go out and beat Red Oak. They scored on Red Oak so since we scored on them I think we have a real good chance of beating Red Oak this next time.”
Waxahachie and Red Oak are tied for first place in district with five games left this season after playing to a 0-0 tie Friday.
The players and coaches alike saw Tuesday’s rout of Corsicana as a positive sign Waxahachie is ready to make a push for the district championship.
“Corsicana gave Red Oak some fits. It was a 2-1 game and Red Oak had to come from behind to win that one. I was a little worried coming into the game but the girls really stepped up. I am real proud of them. They played real good,” Waxahachie head coach Jason Venable said. “Corsicana took a 1-0 lead against Red Oak so we knew it would be real important to get on the board quick tonight to take some of the pressure off.”
Waxahachie took a 2-0 lead in the 19th minute when Danielle Tesei launched a shot from 30-yards away that sailed over the Corsicana keeper into the left side of the goal. Waxahachie led 3-0 at the half when Hector scored her second goal on a shot that bounced off the keeper’s hands into the goal.
“We got the goal quick and it made it easier on us. Once we landed a couple more goals it got easier on us,” Venable said. “We did not want to get into a situation where it was tied for a long time to build their confidence. We wanted to jump on them quick and let them know we can score a little bit.”
The second half was all Waxahachie as the Lady Indians scored four goals while holding Corsicana to two solid shot attempts.
Senior Caroline Clifton gave Waxahachie a 4-0 lead just a minute into the second half when she pushed a 10-yard penalty kick easily past the Coriscana keeper.
Emily Saunders, the team’s leading goal scorer, made her presence felt late in the second half with goals in the 63rd and 78th minute while Hector picked up the hat trick with a goal in the 65th minute similar to her first one.
“We showed up tonight and all played good as a team. We played good together,” Clifton said. “Red Oak always shows up good against us and we had to come back and play good against Corsicana. We are ready to play Red Oak again.”
By knocking off Corsicana to end the first half of district Waxahachie outscored its opponents 35-1 in the five games and has just one more hurdle to cross, beating Red Oak on March 15 for the district championship.
“We had a freshman scoring a hat trick, Tierney Thompson had some good shots too and we just played a good game,” Venable said. “We have given up just one goal in district and that was against Ennis on a mistake on our part. I am pretty proud to have played five district games and have only allowed one goal.
“Bridget Reid played well in the back and everybody got in the game. We only have two girls on the bench so as long as we can stay healthy we will stay on top of our game for a while.”
Waxahachie improved to 4-0-1 in district and 13-1-4 with the win and will play at Ennis Friday to start the second half.
Game times flip for the second half and the Lady Indians will play at 7:30 p.m. while the Indians will take the field at 5:30.