The Waxahachie Lady Indians varsity soccer team faced off against its big rivals, the Red Oak Lay Hawks on Friday night. The first meeting between the two teams saw Red Oak get the 3-0 win, but last night the Lady Indians were able to hold Red Oak off the scoreboard and get the tie, 0-0.
Despite Waxahachie not getting the win and jumping out to the first place spot in district, head coach Jason Venable is proud of the fight he saw in the Lady Indians on the pitch.
“Last time we played, I think it was a misconception that they were way better than us,” Venable said. “Their coach and me have coached together several years now and he said ‘You’ll get me next time.’ I felt that we played a lot better than we did the first time and I also felt that we played a lot better than we did against Ennis on Tuesday night. The girls played hard.”
Waxahachie’s defense has still proven to be one of the tougher ones that Venable has coached, he said.
“That defense of ours is still holding solid,” he said.
The first loss against Red Oak is going to stick with the Lady Indians, he said.
“That one loss to them last time is probably going to haunt us all year long,” he said. “Now, we basically have got to win out. That’s what the Red Oak coach was saying too. They’re one point ahead of us and if the don’t win out and we do, then we would jump out ahead of them. So it’s just one of those things where you have to win every night that you go out and that’s what the plan is going to be, but you’ve got seven tough contests left.”
Venable already has his sights set on the tough competition that the team will face next week, when the first host Mansfield Summit on Tuesday night, before hosting Mansfield Timberview on Friday night.
“The Timberview game was the only other game that we’ve given up a goal, besides Red Oak, and they scored one on us. It was 2-1 there,” he said. “I’ve been really impressed with Timberview. Timberview can beat anybody on any given night and they went 4-4 in the first round and played everybody really well. They’ve played some good soccer. If you recall on Summit, we played them at their place and scored three goals in the first 20 minutes on three corner kicks. So, that game got out of hand right off the bat, because we capitalized on those corner kicks and some set pieces. If we don’t do that this game then it could be a closer game, because after that it was just a 1-0 game for us. It’s just one of those things where it’s going to be down to the wire and we’ve got to win them all and hope somebody else loses so we can bump ahead of them.”
Kick off for the game against the Lady Jaguars will be at 7:15 p.m. and then Friday’s kick off against the Lady Wolves is scheduled to get underway at 7:45 p.m.