For the last few years, Mother Nature has cooperated with Waxahachie’s and Ennis’ individual soccer tournaments.

Now that the two schools have combined their tournaments, the weather has forced the cancellation of eight games before the tournament has even begun.

The tournament was scheduled to begin Thursday, but due to icy weather has hazardous road conditions for teams coming from East Texas and the Houston area, the first day of games was completely wiped out.

Thursday’s games will be played Friday beginning at 11 a.m. and Friday’s games will be played Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

Saturday’s championship, third, fifth and seventh place games for the boys and girls were cancelled.

“It’s pretty frustrating because it has been a while since its been this cold for this long,” Waxahachie head coach Jason Venable said. “After talking to all the coaches we came to an agreement that the important thing is to get some games in and not worry about places and championship games.

“Now its like two individual tournaments again.”

Instead of full length games, each match will feature 30-minute halves and a five-minute halftime.

The tournament will host some of the state’s top programs with state-ranked McKinney (No. 8) and Highland Park (No. 9) playing in Ennis’ bracket.

The two host schools are regionally ranked with the Ennis boys ranked No. 8 in Region II and Waxahachie coming in at No. 9.

On the girls side, Brenham is ranked No. 2 in Region III along with Pine Tree, which is No. 8 in the region.

Waxahachie, ranked eighth regionally will play both Brenham and Pine Tree this weekend.

Waxahachie’s bracket will be played at Lumpkins Stadium and Ennis’ bracket will be played at Lion Stadium.