CORSICANA – With a win the Waxahachie Indians could have finished as high as second place in District 28-4A and secure a playoff berth, but a late goal by Corsicana in Friday’s district finale dropped the Indians into fifth place in the final standings and subsequently ending the Waxahachie season.
Waxahachie took a 1-0 lead with six minutes to play in the first half Friday as Ricardo Chavez came away with the ball after a Corsicana player fell down in pursuit. With a one-on-one opportunity with the Corsicana keeper Chavez easily won the battle and gave the Indians a 1-0 lead that stood until the final minute of the game.
With 51 seconds to go Corsicana scored on a controversial corner kick to tie the game at one. Despite several efforts to move down field and score the game remained tied as the buzzer sounded.
Waxahachie needed Ferris to lose or tie Lancaster to have a chance at the fourth seed after the tie with Corsicana but once again the ball did not bounce the Indians’ way.
Lancaster and Ferris were tied at one until Ferris scored with 30 seconds left in the game to pull away with the win and knock the Indians out of playoff contention for the second straight year.
“This is a hard way to finish up the year, especially for these seniors,” Waxahachie head coach Jason Venable said. “We gave it all we had tonight and left nothing on the field, we just could not finish it off. There were a lot of questionable calls in the second half, especially on the final corner kick, but I am proud of my guys and just wish they could have tasted the playoffs.”
Red Oak claimed the District 28-4A championship with a 9-0-1 record while Corsicana finished second with a 4-2-4 record. Ennis was third at 5-5 while Ferris was fourth with a 4-4-2 record.
Waxahachie finished district 4-5-1 and because ties equal a half a win Corsicana and Ferris both made the postseason with four wins while the Indians could not.