After winning three games in a row to claim the Highway 287 Championship, Coach Jason Venable hoped his Lady Indians squad would continue its winning ways.
However, the Lady Indians (3-2, 0-2) were unable to put the the Kaufman Lions (2-0) away, losing 1-1 (4-3) in a shootout Tuesday night at Lumpkins Stadium.
“The thing is we are still a young team,” Venable said. “We have to learn how to finish. We have to learn how to put a game away when we have a lead.”
After the Lady Lions tied the game 1-1 in the 75th minute of the match, the Lady Indians sent a flurry of scoring opportunities to the net but to no avail.
The Lady Indians and Lady Lions entered its first shoot out in district play.
Coach Venable went into the shootout with a change in mind. He decided to put junior defender Amber Swindle in the box to play to role of goalkeeper in the shootout.
“This was Amber’s first time to play goalie,” Venable said. “We’ve had her do it in our practice shootout and she had done a great job. We figured with her athleticism she would be a good fit for this kind of shoot out. Plus, we wanted Megan (Willoughby) to concentrate on being a shooter.”
Venable’s moved paid off on the first shot as Swindle came charging off her line stuffing the attempted shot.
Attacking midfielder Sara Williams put the Lady Indians on the board first after getting a second opportunity. Williams’ first shot resulted in the Lady Lions’ goalkeeper fouling Waxahachie’s midfielder. Williams’ was awarded a second opportunity this time it was a penalty kick. After being shook up on the first attempt, Williams hit the second in the back of the net giving the Lady Indians a 1-0 lead.
The next two attempts by the Lady Lions sailed past Swindle tying the shoot out 2-2 after the Lady Indians had its attempt blocked by the Kaufman goalkeeper.
In the fourth round, Swindle came up with another save allowing the Lady Indians to take a 3-2 lead after freshman Caroline Clifton calmly placed her shot into the back of the net.
In the fifth round, the roles were reserve as the Lady Lions scored on its final attempt and the Lady Indians had its chance to win blocked making the shootout score 3-3
The sixth round saw both teams’ goalkeeper come up with saves forcing a seventh round.
In what would be the final round, the Lady Lions were able to get its shot in while the Lady Indians had its potential tying attempt blocked giving the Kaufman a shootout victory over Waxahachie.
“When you enter a shootout you basically have a fifty-fifty chance to win,” Venable said. “This was a huge win for them (Kaufman).”
The Lady Lions were given a chance to win in a shoot out due to a game-tying goal with 5 minutes remaining.
With a 1-0 lead and the Lady Indians’ inability to score an insurance goal allowed the Lady Lions to tie the game capitalizing on a rare scoring opportunity.
After getting past the Lady Indians midfield, a midfielder sent a through ball into a crowded goal box. After a couple attempts to clear the ball, a Lady Lions’ forward was able to get a shot off that caromed off an Indian defender and past sophmore goalkeeper Megan Willoughby into the net tying the game 1-1.
Before the tying goal the Lady Indians looked to have had the game well in hand dominating most of the game and controlling the ball in the middle. Also, Waxahachie out shot Kaufman 13-4.
“It simply comes down to we should of won,” Venable said.
One of those shots gave the Lady Indians its lead in the 18th minute of the match.
Sophomore forward Alyssa Jones put her attempt past the Lady Indians’ goalkeeper giving the Lady Indians an early lead. Jones’ goal was a second chance opportunity she created for herself after collecting her first attempt, which was blocked.
“After two games we only have one point,” Venable said. “It’s not where I thought we would be. With that said we have 16 more games left. We have time to turn things around but it needs to start on Friday.”
The Lady Indians will attempt to earn its first district victory on the road, as Waxahachie will take on Mabank Lady Panthers Friday at 7 p.m.
Wax 1 0 - 1
Kauf 0 1 - 1
Goals: Wax: Jones (18), Kauf: (75)
Assist: Kauf: (75)
Wax: Williams (1), Jones (1) and Clifton (1).
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