With a solid 6-3 win against Ferris on Friday night at Lumpkins Stadium, the Waxahachie Indians are tied for second in District 28-4A.
Waxahachie and Red Oak are tied with a 3-1 district records while Corsicana has a 3-0-1 record and is in first place.
In what Indians’ head coach Jason Venable called a great game by everyone, Jonathan Salinas led the charge for the Indians.
Salinas had a breakout game with four goals, all in the first half.
Off an assist by Jackson Almon, Salinas’ first goal of the game came in the 16th minute.
Ferris tied the game 1-1 on a penalty kick before Salinas broke the tie in the 21st minute.
Salinas scored unassisted on a 25-yard free kick to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. Waxahachie never surrendered the lead the rest of the game.
In the 31st minute Salinas recorded his third goal to earn a hat trick as Thomas McNamara recorded the assist. The senior’s final goal came in the 39th minute unassisted to give the Tribe a 4-1 advantage.
Ferris scored twice in the second half on goals by Jessie Nava, but Waxahachie answered with two goals of its own.
Almon scored the Tribe’s first goal of the second half in the 66th minute of an assist by Yovani Arvizu.
In the 77th minute Michael Swindle scored the game’s final goal off a McNamara assist.
“After Corsicana tied Ferris on Tuesday we knew we were going to have a tough contest,” Venable said. “Our guys came focused and prepared for a great game. The Ferris boys’ program has blossomed the past few years and created quite a contest for all teams in District 28-4A.”
Playing well for the Indians were Taylor Brown, Cody Martin, Arvizu and Charlie Bentley in the defensive end. The midfield consisted of Tyler Federwisch, Almon, McNamara, Swindle, Julio Perez, Angel Munoz, Francisco Caltzontzin and Zack Riley. Up top were James Gish and Salinas.
Goalkeepers for Waxahachie were Chris Tosch and Kedrick McGrew.
“This was a good showing for us before a showdown next Tuesday in Corsicana. A win could put us in the driver’s seat before we start the second round of district play next Friday here against Ennis,” Venable said
Waxahachie took 13 shots while Ferris took seven. Corners were 6-to-2 in favor of the Indians while Ferris had six saves.
In other District 28-4A games, Red Oak lost to Corsicana 3-0 and Ennis defeated Lancaster 5-0.
The Indians will play at Corsicana on Tuesday before hosting Ennis next Friday.