There’s an old idiom that says lightning never strikes the same place twice. Unfortunately, for the Ennis Lions varsity boys soccer team, that didn’t bear out Friday night.
For more than an hour, Waxahachie and Ennis were gridlocked in a scoreless tie. Both teams had their opportunities, but could never put the ball in the goal. That is until sophomore Edgar Nava’s header off of a shot from the corner put the Indians up 1-0 with 16:19 left in the game. Nava’s score was his ninth on the year playing defense off corners, and would set off a furious three minutes of scoring by the Indians.
In just over minute, Waxahachie would score again on a penalty kick to put the Indians up 2-0. Good things happen in three’s, and with 13 minutes remaining in the game, Waxahachie would drive in its third and final goal of the night from the left side of the field. WHS head coach Seth Riley said it was just a matter of time.
“Once we can crack it and get a goal, we feel like we can score,” said Riley. “It’s just a matter of getting that first one.”
Waxahachie’s defense took care of the rest of the game, never giving the Lions a good look at the goal.
“We did the same thing against Legacy on Tuesday,” said Riley. “We were down one in the second half, and when we finally put one in, we were able to come right back with a second quick score. Once they break the ice, they’re hungry to score again.”
The Indians, carrying a record of 13-4-3 with their win Friday night, will face South Oak Cliff on March 24 at Wilmer Hutchins. Their game will immediately follow the WHS Lady Indians playoff game against Molina, which starts at 6:15 p.m. South Oak Cliff heads into the boys bi-district round of play as District 13-5A champions.
“You know, our young guys had a great game tonight,” said Riley. “All three of our goals came from sophomores. It’s great to finish off the regular season with the young guys stepping up, and it just goes to show that anyone on this team can score.”
Riley said he thinks his team is coming together at just the right time.
“You know, these guys are young, and their confident,” said Riley. “They aren’t cocky, but it’s a young confidence. They’re a little naïve about expectations, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because they’re able to play loose.”
The Indians will have two weeks to think about their first playoff appearance since 2014, so their challenge during spring break will be to stay sharp and focused.
“We’ve got some things to work on while we wait,” said Riley. “Right now, they’re out there having fun, and that’s what it’s all about.”