In a tune-up before District 28-4A play opens next week the Waxahachie soccer teams hit the road and played at Waco University on Tuesday.
Four teams made the trip south to represent the Indians and both girls teams won while the JV boys tied and the varsity boys lost.
Improving to 9-0-3 on the season the varsity Lady Indians picked up an 8-0 shutout in one of the easiest games of the season.
Sophomore Jacey Hamilton had a hat-trick in the first half while senior Natalie Kelly had two goals on free kicks and picked up two assists.
Senior forward Emily Saunders scored twice while Caroline Clifton added a goal off a corner kick by Kelly. Lindsey Williams had two assists to round out an offensive onslaught for the Lady Indians.
Saunders got the busy first half started with a goal off an assist by Kelly 1:30 into the game before Hamilton took a Williams assist in for the second goal.
Waxahachie scored seven of its eight goals in the first half before laying off and working on its passing game in the second.
Kelly’s shots were from 22 and 15 yards out as the senior scored the fourth and eighth goal of the game.
Waxahachie will play in Aledo on Friday before opening district play Tuesday against Ennis.
Just like the varsity, the junior varsity Lady Indians pulled off a shutout against University, winning 4-0.
“The girls played a good enough game to win, but lacked in some areas,” JV coach Seth Riley said. “Some of it can be due to only a five-minute warm-up that had the girls come out flat during the game.
“The match was only 25 minutes a half and it’s hard to really get rolling when the halves were fairly quick. The girls had some good combinations that led to some good chances but were unable to put some in the net.”
After missing three games due to weather the JV improved to 4-0-1 this season and has yet to be scored on.
Waxahachie took a 1-0 lead into the half as Vanessa Rivas scored the lone goal off an assist from Karina Martinez.
In the second half the Lady Indians scored three times with the first coming off the foot of Sellena Rodriguez.
Elizabeth Martinez played a ball in middle to a wide open Rodriguez, who one-touched the ball up in the air and sailed it over the keeper’s head.
Marybeth Martin picked up an unassisted goal before Juliana Johanson scored on a penalty kick after another player was fouled in box.
The varsity Indians dropped to 2-9-2 on the season with an 8-0 loss to University
One of the better teams in the state, University scored four goals in both halves to seal the win.
The varsity will be back in action Friday in a non-district game at Aledo.
The junior varsity team tied University 0-0 and remain undefeated at 3-0-3.
“Good game for the boys, who are still trying to find a new offense with both leader scorers now on varsity, but are still playing smart and energized soccer,” Riley said. “University’s JV is a very strong side as the program itself is pretty deep, and we knew that coming in and could tell early on that they are pretty good. But coming in prepared for that and what we had to do the boys executed our goals very nicely. Told them beforehand that while we struggle to find new ways to put the ball in the goal, we need to make sure we take care of things in between the goals.”
Through the first six games of the season the Indians have only been scored on four times.