The Waxahachie Lady Indians varsity soccer team officially got its 2015 season started on Friday in Forney in a two-game scrimmage on a cold and drizzly day at Forney High School. The Lady Indians sophomore midfielder, Abby Martinez scored a brace (soccer slang for when one player scores two goals in one game).
The games were originally scheduled to be played at 11 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Saturday but were rescheduled to Friday. The Lady Indians lost their first match to the Forney Lady Jackrabbits 2-0, before winning their last game against the Pine Tree Lady Pirates (2-1).
Despite the 2-0 loss in the first game, the Lady Indians faired well against the Forney Lady Jackrabbits, who are one of the toughest women’s soccer programs in the state, said head coach Jason Venable. Venable spoke proudly of Waxahachie’s senior goalkeeper, Brooke Payne, even after letting the two Lady Jackrabbits’ goals slip by.
“She was our backup last year and now she’s fighting for that top spot. Brooke did a pretty good job, but that was a good Forney team, probably top five in the state,” Venable said.
The two Forney goals were scored about two minutes apart from each other. The first one found the back of the Lady Indians’ net with 3:45 left to play in the first half. The second, was put in with 1:26 left before halftime. Forney’s forward Mason Richardson and forward Kayleigh Phillips scored the only goals of the game, leaving Waxahachie nil.
Immediately following the scrimmage against Forney, the Lady Indians got things underway against the Pine Tree Pirates. Just like Waxahahcie’s previous game, Pine Tree found the net at the end of the first half, when Pine Tree’s forward Lolly Cabrera (No. 4) put the ball between the sticks off the assist from teammate Katie Gense (No, 3). Returning from the half, Waxahachie was quick to tie the match at one with a goal from the Lady Indians sophomore midfielder Brooke Martinez. Martinez wasn’t done there though, because she buried her second goal minutes later, at the 21:45 mark of the last half. The Lady Indians would go on to hold off the Lady Pirates for the reminder of the game and get the 2-1 win.
It was a good feeling to get onto the pitch and compete aginst other teams instead of face off against each other, said Martinez.
“We tried really hard and we all worked together. It was our first game playing together, so I think we did really well,” Martinez said.
Martinez set the bar for herself this season and said she hopes to get at least one goal every game.
One of the things Waxahachie needs to do is shoot the ball more, Venable said.
These scrimmages are a good chance for the team to work on putting the ball in the net or to take more shots on goal, he said.
“We knew that’s one of the things we’re going to struggle with and we’re going to have to figure that out,” Venable said. “We’re going to use these two scrimmages today and the one on Tuesday against Poteet to figure out how we are going to create more opportunities to score.”
The Lady Indians junior varsity team will take the field for the first time as a team at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, before the varsity team is in action again at 7 p.m. Both the JV and the varsity scrimmage against the Mesquite Poteet Lady Pirates will be played at Lumpkins Stadium.