Lady Indians gear up for post-season

The Waxahachie High School Lady Indians soccer team has locked in a fourth place district finish with one regular season game remaining on the schedule Friday night, and head coach Jason Venable is optimistic that a tough district schedule has prepared his young team for the playoffs.

“Playing in what is arguably one of the toughest districts around, I’m proud of what they’ve done,” said Venable. “Our record may not be as good as Red Oak or Legacy, but we’re battle tested.” Regardless of Friday night’s outcome against the Lady Lions in Ennis, Waxahachie will advance into the playoffs to face Molina High School for the bi-district title 6:15 p.m. March 24 at Wilmer Hutchins.

“The Ennis game will be our last game before spring break, so I want them to go into the holidays with a winning attitude,” said Venable. “Two weeks will be a long wait, but we’ve played some tough games, and I want to get them rested.”

For Venable, this is the ninth year in a row that Waxahachie’s made the playoffs, and he says that’s not lost on this year’s team.

“A lot of these girls have grown up watching earlier Waxahachie teams make playoff runs, so there’s a legacy that they realize they have to live up to,” said Venable. “We didn’t have a lot of non-district games early in the season. We sort of jumped right into district play, so they’ve really grown up playing some extremely tough teams.”

Venable attributes that growth process to the junior and senior leadership. The Lady Indians only have three seniors on this year’s team, Megan Gaither, Clarissa Moreno and Ashton Strange.

“I think one of the best qualities we’ve got this year may not be pure soccer skill, but a family atmosphere,” said Venable. “These kids have really gelled during the last half of district play.”

The Lady Indians will take on the Lady Lions at 7:30 pm. Friday in Ennis Going into Friday night’s contest, they are 8-9-2 on the season and 7-6-2 in district play.