Friday was a great night for the Waxahachie soccer program.
Not only did three teams, both varsity and JV boys, beat Lancaster by a combined score of 30-2, the varsity teams got another step closer to some history.
When Jason Venable took over this program, he had a few goals. The first he took care of early. The next has a shot at coming true in the very near future.
“First I wanted both the boys and girls to both be playoff teams,” Venable said. “We got that one taken care of in the first year. Now we’ve got a shot at both being district champions.”
The teams are definitely on the doorstep after big wins and a little help Friday. First the varsity girls beat up on Lancaster 12-0 to keep pace with the Red Oak girls, who blanked Ennis. Then the boys beat the Tigers 8-1 then got a break with Red Oak upsetting Ennis 3-0.
“That throws us back in first all by ourself,” Venable said. “It’s been a crazy year with teams beating each other. It’s nice to see that happen with the district getting more competitive.”
The Waxahachie boys are in sole possession of first place with just games at Ferris and at home against Red Oak to go.
“It’s great to be in this position. I think everyone was penciling in Ennis for the district title months ago,” Venable said. “I didn’t really know if we would be in first alone. I thought maybe we’d have a shot at second, but now we’re a win away.”
If the Indians can win just one of these last two games they will lock up at least a share of the district title for the first time ever. Two wins and the crown is their’s alone.
The coach knows it won’t be easy as Ferris and Red Oak are riding pretty good hot streaks.
“They are playing some of their best soccer right now,” Venable said. “We’re just hoping that maybe they cool off with spring break.”
The Indians needed a win like this after two rough games. They were rebounding from a 1-1 tie at Corsicana and a 5-0 loss at Ennis.
“The guys wanted to go out and score a bunch of goals tonight after outshooting the last two teams and still not winning,” Venable said. “It’s nice to see us playing better after our mess up and even better being in first place. We didn’t think we would be back here after that hiccup.”
The team was led Friday by a hat trick from Ivan Anaya and the lone goal allowed was a fluke as it bounced weird on the different field. These games were played at the Waxahachie Sports Complex with the Big Green Relays going on at Lumpkins Stadium.
“It was a little damp and you never really know what you’re going to get on a field like that when we’r used to the turf,” Venable said. “But they all really played well and didn’t let that bother them.”
Luke Shatwell, Matthew Berning, Michael McNabb, Miguel Munoz and Valentin Sierra each scored a goal to carry the team.
Manny Garcia had four assists and Sierra had one.
The girls game could have been dominated by leading scorer Tierney Thomison, but she didn’t want to score any. She’s scored four goals in two district games, but was looking to pass tonight.
“She doesn’t like hogging it and she’s such a great kid,” Venable said. “She wanted to share it a little bit and had five assists. She had chances, but wanted to pass it.”
With the leading scorer being content to spread the ball around, Marybeth Martin took advantage of the chance and had a hat trick of her own.
Jacey Hamilton and Kayla Lawrence each scored twice. Ana Ramirez, Haley Atkins, Haley David, Mackenzie Posey and Madison Knapp scored a goal apiece. This was Knapp’s first varsity goal.
“It was a good chance to get everyone involved and get some more playing time,” Venable said.
Now the team has six days off of games and practice to heal up during spring break.
“A lot of teams in the district, including us, have kids that like to go out of town during this week,” Venable said. “So we got together and tried to schedule this week off for everybody.”
Now that means the teams will have some time to think about their games with Ferris and Red Oak. If both teams can win both of their remaining games, they will win their district titles outright.
The teams will then have another few days off after a built-in first round playoff bye before beginning a run to state the first week of April.