For the second straight year, the soccer season will be kicked off by a group of former players.
The festivities for the annual alumni soccer game begin at 7 p.m. tonight at Lumpkins Stadium.
“We had a lot of fun with it last year and it’s a great way for me to catch up with a lot of the kids that I used to coach and see them all grown up,” Waxahachie soccer coach Jason Venable said. “It’s a lot like a homecoming game for us.”
So far, about 20 alums have RSVP’d to the game via facebook or twitter, but the coach says he expects a lot more than that.
“It’s a lot easier to get a hold of the kids now with social media, but there are still a few that we aren’t in contact with,” Venable said. “I just got off the phone with one of the girls from our team six years ago and she said she was going to come and watch.”
Last year about 40 former players showed up and played in the full-length game, but the format is changing a little this year. Now the event will start at 7 p.m. with a 45-minute long scrimmage of the current varsity and JV boys teams.
At 8 p.m., the alumni will play in a co-ed game that will last about 45 minutes. Then at 9 p.m., the current varsity and JV girls will play a short scrimmage. But the coach said if there are too many alumni for that one 45-minute period, the games can go longer.
“I’m hoping to get an even bigger crowd than last year,” Venable said. “We plan this during school’s winter breaks figuring a lot of kids would be in town for Christmas and would stick around for the game.”
That will hopefully work as this year’s game is being played for a good cause. The team will be accepting donations at the concession stand for the Cobb family, which lost its house in a fire. Greg Cobb is a Waxahachie soccer alum.
For more information on how to help the family, contact Corner Kick Soccer Booster Club President Rebecca McNabb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I never got to coach with Greg, but I coached against him when I was at Midlothian and he is a great kid,” Venable said. “Anything we can do to help the family of an alum is great.
Lady Indians debut at No. 6
The first TASCO state and area ranking were released last week and the Waxahachie Lady Indians begin the season as the No. 6-ranked team in region II.
“It’s obviously an honor to be ranked so high,” Venable said. “But it’s a long season and there are some very good teams right around us in the rankings and in our district.”
Also in the top-10 for the region are Highland Park at No. 5 and Longview Pinetree, which eliminated Waxahachie in the third round of the playoffs last year, are No. 4.
Frisco Wakeland is No. 1 in the Region and hold the same spot in the state. Mansfield Summit, which is not in Waxahachie’s district for soccer like it is in all other sports, is No. 9 in the state.
The Waxahachie boys are not in the state or region poll, but the team still expects to be improved from last year and is searching for its first playoff win with Venable as coach this year.
The Red Oak boys are No. 5 in Region 2 and Highland Park is No. 10 in the region.
Boerne Champion starts the season as No. 1 among 4A boys.
The varsity teams will get their first action in scrimmages starting next Thursday. The regular season begins Jan. 10.