For the first time in seven years, past members of
the Indian and Lady Indians soccer teams met at Lumpkins Stadium in
the alumni game.
More than 48 players from about the last dozen years
made it to Lumpkins Stadium to christen the new-look stadium with
“We had tons of kids that asked to play and even more
walked up,” Waxahachie coach Jason Venable said. “About a week and
a half ago, I had about 30 people signed up, but as some of the
kids came home for Christmas break they talked with old friends and
decided to come down.”
The game was postponed for the last seven years
because a varsity player was injured in the game and was forced to
miss the entire season.
The white team topped the green team 3-1, but the
game was all about bringing old friends back together.
The game was tied at one at halftime thanks to the
green team’s lone goal from Jason Westbrook, 2006 alum.
Nathan Garcia, 2011 alum, scored twice. His first
goal came on a penalty kick in the first half. The second on a
quick give-and-go from the top left of the box.
“This is just a good time. We all used to goof around
back when we were in school here and its a lot of fun to be able to
come out and do it again,” Garcia said. “It’s nice to prove to all
of my friends that I’ve still got it.”
Garcia plays for Rogers State University in
Claremore, Okla. He started one game, appeared in 16, and scored a
goal and had an assists in his freshman season.
James Gish, 2010 alum, had the highlight of the night
when he scored on a header from about 10 feet in front of the goal
after a long pass from Natalie Kelly, 2011 alum.
Brittany Martin, 2004 alum, was happy to be back on
“It’s a lot of fun and it’s been a long time since
I’ve seen most of these people,” said Martin, who was an assistant
coach at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster last year. “It’s nice
because a lot of us have stayed in soccer.”
Venable was also glad to see some of his former
players back in action.
“This is an awesome atmosphere and I haven’t seen a
lot of these guys since they graduated,” Venable said. “These are
kids that have really helped build our program and its nice for
them to come home and I wanted them to see the new stadium and the
In between halves of the alumni game, the varsity and
JV boys and girls teams played short intrasquad scrimmages to prep
for their seasons.
The first home game for the Lady Indians will be at
7:p.m. Jan. 16 when they host Kaufman.
The Indians will play their first home game against
Seagoville at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17.
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