The Waxahachie boys soccer team is playing in its third, and possibly most difficult tournament of the season.
The Indians got off to a good start by shocking Irving MacArthur 4-3 in a shootout to advance to the winner’s bracket. The road got tougher there as the team lost to Garland Sachse 3-1.
“It was a frustrating loss for us,” Waxahachie coach Jason Venable said. “That team is probably a little better than us, but we had some things that went wrong early on.”
Waxahachie had a lot of bad luck early in the game that cost it the opportunity at an early lead. About 10 minutes into the game Ivan Anaya took a shot that appeared to go in, but as the Sachse goalie fell into the net, he threw it back out of the goal and it was ruled a non-goal. If that had stood, the Indians would have had an early 1-0 lead and perhaps things would have turned out different.
“It ended 3-1, but it was 2-1 for a long time and I thought we were going to get a chance to even it up, but they got that third one late,” Venable said. “If
Sachse took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half and it stayed that way until 10 minutes into the second half when it scored again.
Waxahachie finally officially got on the board with 12 minutes left when several players converged on the goal on a corner kick. Kevin Clark was the first one to the ball and managed to bump it into the net.
Clark hadn’t scored a goal in his entire soccer career until this week and has now scored three after a pair at Kennedale on Tuesday.
“He’s finding the ball now,” Venable said. “We put in a couple new set pieces and its working out well for him right now.”
Clark’s goal ended the good momentum for Waxahachie as Sachse responded less than two minutes later to seal the game.
The Indians finished their appearance in the Ennis 287 Tournament in the third-place game Saturday afternoon against North Dallas. To see how the team fared, visit www.waxahachietx.com.
Followng that game, Waxahachie (5-4-1) will now get a well-deserved week off after playing seven games in 10 days.
“We hadn’t had time but for just a couple practices the last two or three weeks with all the games,” Venable said. “So this time off coming up will be good for them.”
Several players have been dealing with nagging injuries and this will give them a chance to rest up before district play begins.
The Indians will host Highland Park at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 as its final game before district play begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Corsicana.
So after seven games in 10 days, the team will now have just one in 16 days.