From the opening whistle the Waxahachie Lady Indians dominated Friday’s District 28-4A game in Ferris with an offense attack that scored a season-high 14 goals in a 14-0 shutout.
“The girls dominated from the opening whistle. Freshmen Mille Adkins had two assists and Tierney Thomison had four assists and we had multiple goal scorers,” Waxahachie head coach Jason Venable said.
“We played well and together and seem to be playing quite well at the moment. Tuesday we will play Lancaster at home then the big test will be the Red Oak match in Red Oak on Friday. We will do our best to get better and come together as a team so we will be up to those challenges.”
Senior forward Emily Saunders picked up her second hat trick in as many games as she scored the first, fourth and fifth goals of the game, all in the first half.
In between Saunders’ goals, senior Natalie Kelly blasted a 40-yard shot into the back of the net in the 17th minute before Jacey Hamilton scored off a Millie Atkins assist in the 22nd minute.
The Atkins-Hamilton connection worked again in the 32nd minute as Waxahachie took a 6-0 lead before Thomison picked up an assist off a Sara Sanchez goal to give Waxahachie a 7-0 halftime lead.
Waxahachie opened the second half with two unassisted goals and Sanchez scored in the 43rd minute before Danielle Tesei made it a nine-point game with a goal in the 45th minute.
Tesei was back at it and scored her second goal of the game in the 52nd minute off Thomison’s fourth assist of the night before Kelly launched a 40-yard free kick past the Ferris keeper in the 54th minute.
Rian Smith scored on a free kick in the 59th minute before Lindsey Williams scored 10 minutes later unassisted.
The final goal of the game came with 10 seconds to play as freshman Karleigh Hector scored off a Haley Atkins assist.
With the win the Lady Indians are 2-0 in District 28-4A and 11-1-3 on the season.
Waxahachie defeated Ennis 4-1 on Tuesday to open district. Saunders had three goals in the game while Kelly added one.
Through the first two district games the two seniors have combined for nine of Waxahachie’s 18 goals.
Ferris tops Indians
Last season Ferris edged the Indians for the final playoff spot in District 28-4A and the Yellow Jackets continued to be a thorn in Waxahachie’s side Friday.
Playing in their second district game the Indians could not find a way to score and fell 1-0 in Ferris.
“The boys I felt dominated play for most of the game but are still having difficulty finding the back of the net,” Venable said. “We have some young, very talented players who are currently struggling to find the back of the net and once we start scoring some of the chances we are getting the tide will turn.”
Waxahachie had several good opportunities and outshot Ferris 14-4 but were shutout for the second straight district game.
“If we can get one early I think our confidence will improve. Freshman Ivan Anaya and sophomore Luke Shatwell continue to grow in the midfield. We start several freshmen and sophomores so we have some growing to do and the guys are really starting to play well together,” Venable said.
Waxahachie is 0-2 in district and 2-12-2 on the season heading into Tuesday’s home game against Lancaster.
“There are just too many positives I see in practices and in games from this group to not think things will only get better for us,” Venable added.
With six teams in district the Indians will need to sweep the season series with Lancaster and take the next game against Ferris to be in solid position for the playoffs.
Ferris tied Corsicana Tuesday and is now 1-0-1 in district.