DALLAS – With a bye to open the playoffs the Waxahachie Lady Indians showed no signs of rust Tuesday as they slayed the Seagoville Dragons 12-0 at Forester Field en route to the Class 4A Region II Area championship.
Seagoville (11-8) entered the game as the No. 3 seed from District 26-4A after knocking off Dallas Adamson, the runner up in District 25-4A, 1-0 in the bi-district playoffs while the Lady Indians were the District 28-4A champs and had an opening round bye.
Waxahachie (19-1-4) attacked early, played all its 23 players and played sound defense to win with ease and advance to Friday’s sectional round match against District 26-4A champ Woodrow Wilson.
“It was good to see us move the ball well and score plenty of goals, even if it was a weak team. We worked really well together and got a chance to let everybody get playing time tonight,” Waxahachie senior Emily Saunders said. “I believe we are definitely ready for round three. We’ve worked hard all year to get to this point in the season and it is going to be our time to shine.”
Wilson opened the playoffs with a 6-0 win against Dallas Carter before edging Ennis 2-1 on Tuesday. Waxahachie beat Ennis twice this season (4-1, 5-0) while Wilson defeated Seagoville by scores of 2-0, 8-0. Last season Waxahachie defeated Wilson 8-0 in the sectionals.
Seagoville was out matched from the beginning Tuesday as Waxahachie opened the game with possession of the ball and rarely gave it back.
The Dragons played the ball across midfield only 15 times in the first half with only three offensive attacks that resulted in at least two passes past midfield.
Waxahachie’s defense held Seagoville without a shot on goal the entire game and did not let the Dragons within 20 yards of the goal the entire first half.
While the Waxahachie defense kept the Dragons away from all-state goalkeeper Sarah Hay the high-scoring offense went to work.
Midfielder Danielle Tesei got Waxahachie on the board first on a corner kick in the third minute.
Senior Natalie Kelly’s corner kick sailed into the box but was played out by Seagoville before Waxahachie’s Jacey Hamilton got a hold of the ball and passed it up field to Tesei.
Tesei launched a shot that went through the crowd of defenders to the right of the Seagoville keeper to give the Lady Indians a quick 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later Waxahachie scored on another corner kick as the ball was played in by Kelly before it bounced off Seagoville defenders into the goal.
Freshman Karleigh Hector scored on a one-on-one opportunity in the 17th minute before Saunders and Hamilton added goals to make it a 5-0 game at the half.
With two early goals in the second half Saunders picked up a hat trick to give Waxahachie a 7-0 lead before Hamilton went to work with her head.
The Waxahachie sophomore finished with a game high four goals as she scored three goals in the second half on headers, two off assists by Karina Martinez.
“The good crosses that I got were open right in front of the goal and made it easy to get the three headers,” Hamilton said. “I was really surprised to get them because most of the crosses came from JV players who moved up and played really well.”
Lindsey Williams and Caroline Clifton added goals in the final five minutes of the game as Waxahachie used players in different positions and every player it brought up from the junior varsity.
“We had 23 girls that could play and all 23 got in, that is amazing,” Waxahachie head coach Jason Venable said. “These JV girls we moved up probably thought they would never get the opportunity to play but we got them all in and they did some good things. We got everybody in, Emily and Jacey both got some goals and people who normally don’t get to score got a couple of goals. I am really pleased we played as well as we did against a team we knew was not very strong coming in.”
Hay touched the ball just six times in the game, all in the second half, with most of the touches coming on passes from Waxahachie defenders to reset the offense.
Seagoville’s first deep attack came 20 minutes into the game but it did not manage a corner kick until there was five minutes left on the clock.
The Dragons’ only corner kick resulted in an easy goal for Waxahachie as it was cleared out to Clifton, who race 80 yards down field to score on a one-on-one opportunity with the Dragon keeper.
It was the first time this season that two players notched a hat trick for Waxahachie. Saunders picked up her sixth three-goal game of the season to move within six goals of tieing the school record for goals in a season while it was Hamilton’s second hat trick of the year.