Daily Light Sports Editor
Despite missing the playoffs for the first time in three years, Waxahachie’s girls soccer team was recognized as one of the top teams in Region II when the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches named three Lady Indians to its all-region team.
All three seniors — Katie Hinds, Brandi Battles and Tara Bamburg — have been named all-region multiple times.
For Hinds, a Texas Tech signee, it was her third all-region selection.
Hinds scored 31 goals and added 21 assists this season, moving her career numbers to 128 goals and 82 assists.
“It shows how consistent she’s been,” head coach Jason Venable said. “When you score 120 goals in high school, you’re going to get noticed.”
Battles, a St. Mary’s signee, played out of position for part of the year due to injuries, but still managed five goals and six assists.
She was first an all-region selection as a sophomore.
“She struggled last year, but she used that as a challenge,” Venable said. “She stepped her game up and was the player I always knew she could be. She was a model player this year.”
Bamburg, a four-year starter at goalkeeper, was chosen for the second straight year.
She tallied 11 shutouts in 18 games this year and had a 0.65 goals against average for the season.
For her career, she allowed 1.08 goals a game and had 43 shutouts in 89 games.
“That’s pretty good when you have shutouts in half your games in a four-year career,” Venable said. “This was her best year and allowed 10 less goals than in any other season.”
The team finished 17-4 on the season, just two wins shy of a school record for wins.
In a battle for a playoff spot, the Lady Indians finished in a three-way tie for second place and missed out due to a tie-breaker.
The team’s season was highlighted by a win over previously undefeated Red Oak in a shootout. The Lady Indians ended the season with an 8-0 win over Ferris.