Suffering just one loss the entire season the Waxahachie Lady Indian junior varsity team finished the year with a 9-1-2 record and second in District 28-4A.
In 12 games this season the Lady Indians allowed only three goals, all three to Red Oak, while scoring 41 goals. Both were team records and happened in fewer games than the team has played in past seasons.
Marybeth Martin led the Waxahachie offense with 13 goals to set a JV record while Hailey David led the team with seven assists.
Finishing district with a 4-1-1 mark the Lady Indians were perfect heading into spring break before vacations wrecked havoc on the roster.
“We didn’t have our goalkeepers and were down to only one sub due to spring break and kids being out,” Waxahachie head JV coach Seth Riley said. “Unfortunately we had to throw our best goal scorer in goal due to her athleticism and of the three shots we gave up, two ended up being goals. With our usual goalkeepers, those two shots are casual saves but with the inexperience in the keeper spot it hurt us.”
Waxahachie lost the game to Red Oak 2-1 after drawing to a tie with the Lady Hawks earlier in the season.
Jasenda Ferguson was assisted by Alexis Lopez for the Lady Indians’ only goal in the loss.
“Both girls are reserves in our usual lineup but played the entire game due to the roster situation and played great. Our roster of 12 against 21 for Red Oak didn’t show because in the second half we were applying pressure and creating opportunities and seemed to be gaining more steam as night went on. The game showed how well the girls have done about being in shape and working hard during our training. Unfortunately for us, spring break came at a bad time in district for us and our clean record was hurt and the girls were pretty upset but knew they played well even with the situation they were handed.”
Waxahachie bounced back in the season finale and shut out Corsicana 4-0.
Ferguson, Vanessa Rivas, Elizabeth Gish and Alexis Lopez all scored goals while assists came from Ruby Velazquez, David and Gish.
Riley led the junior varsity Indians to a 7-4-3 record on the season and a 4-4 mark in district as the team finished up Friday with a 2-0 win against Corsicana.
“Since losing guys to varsity and grades we started to come on strong at the end of the season,” Riley said. “We started off the season really well, going undefeated in our first six games. Then we opened up district after losing guys to varsity who have been our key scorers and started off with three straight losses struggling to find a new rhythm in scoring. During this time we lost a few starters on defense to grades after the Ennis game and right when we started to put it on offensively we struggled then to find a new backfield.”
A key example of the back field struggle was the team’s 3-2 loss to Corsicana to end the first half making it three consecutive losses.
“After we began to get used to our new structure and roles on the team, players began to get comfortable and play a lot stronger and huge evidence is the second half of district. We revenged the losses to Ennis and Corsicana by winning commandingly,” Riley said.
Waxahachie shut down Ennis 3-0 before finishing off the year with the 2-0 win over Corsicana.
“Those wins showed how far the guys have come with all the changes on the team that they had to deal with. To get shut outs in both games after first-round losses was great. I am proud to have coached these guys. They were fun, willing to learn and work hard. The future looks good as the team came back and took second place in district and deserved it,” Riley said.
Waxahachie scored 25 goals in 14 games while only surrendering 16 goals. Both point totals are large improvements as the young team last year gave up 27 goals while only scoring nine and winning only two games.
Leading scorer for the boys was Mike Mora with six. He didn’t begin the season with team and ended up on varsity before season’s end. Leading in assists was Jose Garcia with five.