Confidence high as Indians soccer team locks playoff berth

Waxahachie High School’s varsity boys soccer team made a come-from-behind win Tuesday night to defeat Mansfield Legacy 2-1.

For head coach Seth Riley and his young team, making it into the playoffs has been the goal all year. Tuesday’s win launched the team into the playoffs, and pending results from contests around the district Friday, they could go into the playoffs as high as the No. 2 seed in the district.

“Thinking about going into the playoffs, we’re a young team, but I can honestly say we’re a tested team,” said Riley. “We had some big wins in the San Antonio tournament early in the season, and we’re competing in one of the toughest districts in the state.”

Following the win over Legacy, the Indians are carrying a season record of 12-4-3 and district record of 9-3-3 into their final regular season game against Ennis on Friday night.

“Right now, it looks like we’re headed into the playoffs as the fourth team in the district, but we could move up as high as second depending on how Friday night’s other district games turn out,” said Riley. “We’ll wait and see. We’re just going to take one game at a time, and right now that’s Friday’s game against Ennis.”

As it stands now, Lake Ridge, Summit and Red Oak will enter the playoffs with Waxahachie.

Riley and the Indians haven’t been in the playoffs since 2014, and while only carrying three seniors on the squad this year, they are confident, he said.

“We know what we’re capable of,” said Riley. “We’ve had some good wins this year. Our win against Legacy was good. We just have to focus on what’s at hand and take care of business.”

The Indians’ game against Ennis kicks off at 6 p.m. at Ennis High School.