The high school girls soccer season is well underway and, in District 10-5A, teams are already beginning to separate themselves for a run at a postseason berth.
Two of those squads, who are often considered among the teams to beat in the region, squared off Tuesday night at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.
And it was the Lady Panthers of Midlothian who came out on top, defeating the Waxahachie Lady Indians 2-0.
Midlothian received both of its goals in the first half from sophomore Tori Sorrels and freshman Kaleigh Naizer. Sophomore Sydnee Garner recorded one of the assists, while Sorrels added the other.
“We possessed the ball really well," Midlothian head girls' soccer coach Brent Stapleton said. "We had quite a battle on our hands. We did a really good job on the defensive side of things limiting their chances. We gave them a couple in the second half. For the most part, the girls did well tonight.”
Waxahachie head girls' soccer coach Jason Venable applauded the Midlothian goalkeeper for an early save on an Angel Garfias shot that could have changed the game.
"If that had of gone in early, it would have changed a lot with everything going on and gave us more momentum to start the second half," Venable said.
He added, "“It was a tough loss tonight. It is always a tough fight when we play Midlothian.
We made some mistakes in the first half and paid for them, but we played a better game in the second half. We have a young team that is struggling a little bit now to score goals. For the most part, a lot better second half than the first half."
The win combined with a draw (2-2) against Mansfield Lake Ridge on Friday has Midlothian riding high at 2-0-1 in 10-5A. The Lady Panthers are 5-3-5 on the season.
Waxahachie dropped its third-consecutive District 10-5A match against Mansfield Legacy on Friday. The Lady Indians are now 4-4-3 on the season and 0-3 in district play. The Lady Indians play Mansfield Timberview, who they defeated 3-0 on Jan. 13, at home on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and face Lancaster next Friday.
Additional reporting by Mike Sackett/Daily Light.