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

soccer action.

“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

the pitch.

“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

new facilities.”

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.

 

Contact Billy at b.wessels@wninews.com or

469-517-1454.