Any momentum the Indians gained in the Hiway 287 Tournament came to freezing halt in Tuesday night’s game with Kaufman.

Coach Jason Venable hoped the momentum of winning its final two tournament games by a margin of 8-2 would propel his team to its second consecutive district victory.

However, playing in temperature bordering on freezing, The Indians (3-2, 1-1) were unable to overcome a 1-0 deficit losing to the Kaufman Lions (1-1) in Waxahachie’s first home district game of the season Tuesday night.

 “We couldn’t do much right tonight,” Coach Jason Venable said. “We couldn’t pass for anything. We just didn’t look like we were into the game. As coach, I take the blame for the team’s effort.”

In the 19th minute of the match, The Indians found itself in an early hole when a failed offside trap left the Indians’ defense vulnerable.

The Indians’ backline made a push forward in an attempt to catch the Lions’ forwards offside but before Waxahachie could do so a Kaufman forward sent a through ball to a streaking teammate.

The Lions’ midfield was able to sneak through the defense and set up a one-on-one breakaway with senior goalkeeper Chase Woodhouse. Before Woodhouse, could get to the midfielder, he sent the ball over Woodhouse for a 1-0 lead.

As the Lions dominated the tempo of the game, the Indians defense and Woodhouse, who had 12 saves in the game, held Kaufman scoreless for the rest of the game.

Despite the Lions controlling the middle of the field, the Indians first chance for an equalizer came in the waning minutes of the first half.

Forward Sheldon Ellis sent  a crossing pass into the penalty  area where Hank Alven attempted to head it past the Lions goalkeeper. However, Kaufman’s goalkeeper leaped over to his left and snatched the potential game-tying goal.

After controlling most of the first half, the Lions fell back into a more of a defensive posture in the second half.

The Lions placed 10 of its 11 members behind the halfway line, a tactic it had run once  while gaining the lead. The switch enabled the Indians to be the aggressor forcing several scoring opportunities.

The best opportunity for a tying goal came in the 47th minute of the match. Senior defensive midfielder Hugo Guerrero collected a mishandled ball and sent it into the goal box to midfielder Tyler Federwisch who sent the shot wide right.

With the Indians controlling the ball in the second half, Waxahachie was able to have multiple scoring opportunities.

Reserves midfielders Eric Davila and Daniel Ramirez were able to come off the bench and help the Indians control and distribute balls attacking the Lions defense.

Thus resulting in other scoring opportunities, which were provided by center defensive midfielder Thomas McNamara and senior forward Colton Dobbins.

McNamara and Dobbins, both sent potential game tying shots of more than 25 yards out into the goal only to have them stuffed by the leaping Lions’s goalkeeper.

The opportunities dwindled as the game went on leaving the Indians in a desperate hurry to capture the game-tying goal.

“In the second half we had plenty of goal scoring opportunities,” Venable said. “We just couldn’t finish. We should of won this game.”

However, the goal never came and Kaufman escaped its visit to Waxahachie with a 1-0 victory.

“After two games, we only have 3 points,” Venable said. “At this point, I really thought we would have 6 points.

“I told the team that we have 16 games left and plenty of time but as the season goes on I can’t keep saying that,” Venable added. “Time will run out.”

The Indians will attempt to regroup as it heads to Mabank to take on the Panthers Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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Wax    0   0   0

Kauf    1   0   1

Goals

Kauf: (19)

Assists

Kauf: (19)

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