WAXAHACHIE – Red Oak Lady Hawks’ Brandi Smith recorded a hat trick in Tuesday’s game against the Lady Indians – in the first half.
The Lady Indians and Lady Hawks wasted little time combining for seven first half goals.
Unfortunately, for the Lady Indians, it had only one of the games’ seven goals, which came after the Lady Hawks compiled an early 3-0 lead.
The quick start gave the Lady Hawks (4-0) the momentum it needed to run away with a 6-2 victory over the Lady Indians (4-3, 1-3).
“We came out a little timid and before you knew it we were down by three,” Venable said. “When you spot a team like Red Oak three goals it’s hard overcome.”
Red Oak took advantage of Indians’ inexperience squad scoring three goals in the games first nine minutes. Senior forward Brandi Smith scored the first and third goals, while senior midfielder Chelsey Mead scored the second goal.
Stunned by the sudden fury of goals, the Indians regrouped and got on the scoreboard in the 11th minute of the match.
After being awarded a corner kick, sweeper Natalie Kelly placed the ball in the middle of the box. Midfielder Sara Williams gathered the cross ball and sent the ball further into the goal box. Midfielder Caroline Clifton handled the loose ball and poked her shot past the Hawks goalkeeper stopping Red Oak’s 3-0 run.
Any hopes of a dramatic comeback for the Lady Indians were kicked away when junior midfielder Ashley Bonner sent a shot over the outreached hands of goalkeeper Megan Willoughby giving the Hawks a 4-1 lead in the 19th minute of the match.
The Lady Hawks continued its scoring ways, as Smith would take part in Red Oak’s next two goals.
In the 31st minute, Smith set up Bonner for her second goal of the game. Five minutes later Smith took it upon herself to put her third goal in giving her a hat trick for the game.
“Brandi (Smith) was incredible,” Venable said about the senior’s performance.
Entering the second half down 6-1, the Lady Indians shook up its line up resulting in inserting midfielder Betty Johnson.
In the second half, the Indians shut down the Hawks’ attack thanks in large part to Johnson.
“Betty did a great job for us off the bench,” Venable said. “She did a good job trying to contain number 19 (Brandi Smith).”
Also helping out on the defensive end was Willoughby who had a one hand save in the 74th minute and ended up with 11 saves in the game.
The save sparked the Indians’ offense, which took the ball down the field and scored in the 75th minute of the match.
Freshman midfielder Christiana Lloyd hit a left footed volley on a 50/50 ball 20 yards out beating the Hawks goalkeeper giving the Lady Indians its second goal.
Although the Lady Indians outscored the Hawks 1-0 in the second half, the six goals in the first half were too much to over come.
Venable cited a formation change as something that might have thrown his team off.
“I’ll take the blame for the loss,” Venable said. “Before the game, I switched up our formation from a 3-5-2 to a 4-5-1 to help us out on defense. But, it just caused confusion back there.”
The Lady Indians will try to bounce back as Waxahachie takes on Corsicana Friday night at 7 p.m. in Corsicana.
Wax 1 1 2
R.O. 6 0 6
Wax: Clifton (11) and Lloyd (75)
R.O.: Smith (4, 9, 36), Bonner (19, 31) and Mead (7)
Wax: Williams (25)
R.O.: Smith (31)
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