Starting the second round of District 28-4A play, the Waxahachie Lady Indians left little doubt they are the team to beat.
Waxahachie played outstanding on both offense and defense as they rolled past rival Ennis, 8-0.
“The girls played a great game tonight. Our speed of play was much better and our willingness to shoot was much improved,” Waxahachie coach Jason Venable said.
After six district games Waxahachie has allowed only one goal, a free kick against Red Oak. Five of the six district games have been shutouts for WHS including the last four in a row.
“Goalkeeper Sarah Hay has been doing very well with this being her first year in the net for us and only being a freshman,” Venable said.
Waxahachie’s first goal of the game came in the 19th minute as Caroline Clifton dropped the ball to Lauren Weatherford who nailed a shot from 30 yards out.
In the 26th minute Natalie Kelly doubled the Lady Indians’ lead with a 30-yard free kick.
Less than a minute later Waxahachie lit up the scoreboard once again as Emily Saunders sent a pass through the box that Emily Gore finished on the back post for the goal.
Waxahachie carried a 3-0 lead into the half.
Jill Obenoskey started things off in style for Waxahachie in the second half. In the 45th minute she scored on a header that was sent off a Natalie Kelly corner kick.
Saunders nailed back-to-back goals for Waxahachie to give the Lady Indians a 6-0 lead.
Her first, goal came in the 58th minute off an assist by Alyssa Jones. In the 63rd minute she scored on an assist by Clifton.
In the 64th minute Sara Sanchez scored on a great left footed volley on the back post from a ball sent in by Saunders.
“Sara Sanchez had a very nice shot on an incredible volley from the left side that ripped the right side netting,” Venable said.
Leading 7-0, Waxahachie final goal came in the 68th minute as Emily Gore scored on an assist from Natalie Kelly on a corner kick.
Waxahachie outshot Ennis 20-2.
“The two Emily’s played well and each scored two goals. Natalie keeps giving us great opportunities with her free kicks and corner kicks every game. As evidenced by her two corners to Jill and Emily Gore,” Venable said.
“I feel that our defense was as strong as ever. Lauren Weatherford continued to show her improvement in midfield and has stepped her game up tremendously as of late. She had a really nice first time shot on the first goal of the evening. Each game we seem to have someone else step up and have a good game,” Venable said.
Waxahachie had nice work from Rian Smith in the back and Danielle Tesei in the midfield in their first varsity action this year after being moved up from the JV team.
“Our team chemistry this year is some of the best I think we’ve had in my six years here. We keep improving each game and hope to continue in our next contest at Red Oak,” Venable said.
Red Oak is 5-1 on the season with the one district loss coming to Waxahachie.
Both teams were out a few players the first meeting with illness and injury and both teams should be at full strength and each wanting to prove something on Tuesday in Red Oak.
“We have set our goal to be the school’s first district champion in soccer and Red Oak is trying to repeat as district champions. It will be a battle,” Venable said.
The game is scheduled to be played in Red Oak on Tuesday. Scheduled start time is 5:30 p.m.