With two matches to play, the Waxahachie Lady Indian soccer team remains on the outside of the District 10-5A playoff picture. But that could change.
Waxahachie soundly defeated Lancaster Tuesday on the annual senior night at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium, 8-0.
Lady Indians set to graduate in May include Vivi Gonzalez, Taylor Camp, Kaitlyn Deen, Klarisa Thomas, Kailee Norman, and Ryleigh Horn.
"It was senior night and it was good that we had some seniors to score," Waxahachie head girls' soccer coach Jason Venable said. "We played extremely well the second half of district. If we had of played that well in the first part of the season we would be in really good shape. We are still in fifth place but we still have a shot at the fourth-place slot. We still need some help from other teams."
The win was the third consecutive victory in District 10-5A for the Lady Indians and the 13th shutout recorded on the season.
Savanna Duvall notched a hat trick, while Bella Curiel, Angel Garfias, Madelynn James, Gonzalez, and Norman all added goals.
"I feel we played a lot better and the kids feel they played a lot better," Venable added. "We have Lake Ridge at Lake Ridge next Friday. That is going to be a big one for us to win that one. Next, we have Summit after spring break — winning that one would put us in a tiebreaker situation for the fourth spot. We just have to take care of business and keep playing well."
Early in the day, Vivi Gonzalez and Taylor Camp inked their National Letters of Intent to continue playing at the collegiate level.
Camp is headed to Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson Kansas, while Gonzalez will play at Mountain View College in Dallas.
"These are two awesome young ladies," said Venable to the room full of teammates, family, and coaches. "[...] They are going to represent our program well at the next level and I am really excited for both of them. I am not ready for them to leave yet."
Mountain View head coach Jesse Garfias encouraged the Lady Indians in the room to consider all options when looking at potential college suitors. He also added that whether it be a Division I university or a junior college, they need to find the right fit for their game.
"At the end of the day, all of these [DI] colleges care about football," Garfias said. "Find the right fit. If it is the right school in the right location, then it is for you. Some of you in the future might be able to play against a community college team, and you will see the level is very, very high."
Garias also encouraged the Lady Indians to never doubt their talents.
Waxahachie returns to the pitch against Mansfield Lake Ridge on the road at 7:30 p.m. Friday and finishes out the regular season with Teacher Appreciation Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The Lady Indians will not play over spring break.
Venable said he wants the girls to continue playing at the high-level they have recently established.
"We are doing pretty good. We are doing way better than we did last year. Hopefully, it is not too little too late. We are really jelling and playing well right now. I am really pleased with what I seeing."
Mike Sackett/Daily Light contributed to this report.