RED OAK — For the first time this season, both of Waxahachie’s soccer teams lost on the same night.
The Indians suffered their second district loss, falling to Red Oak in a shootout after the teams played to a 0-0 tie through regulations.
In the girls game, the Lady Indians also endured their second district loss as Red Oak broke open a scoreless tie with four second half goals to take a 4-0 win.
“The thing that upsets me about games like this is that we know they aren’t better than us,” head coach Jason Venable said of the boys and girls losses. “Right now I’m at a loss of words.”
Waxahachie’s boys team got its first taste of a shootout and there was only one goal scored by either team in the shootout.
While the Indians were shootout rookies, Red Oak was coming off a shootout win over Ennis last Friday.
“The shootout just didn’t work out in our favor and right now, shootouts aren’t my friend,” Venable said, also referring to a shootout loss the girls suffered in their first district game. “You can got through the mechanics and philosophies, but you can’t practice what happens when that adrenaline gets going.
“Practice isn’t the same as when its for all the marbles.”
In the girls game, the Lady Indians appeared to have scored a goal in the first half, but it was disallowed, leaving the game scoreless until halftime.
In the second half, Red Oak came out and got two quick goals to take control.
“That goal would have changed things completely,” Venable said. “I think we went into halftime thinking we should have been up 1-0 and that we were going to be fine in the second half.
“We lost a little intensity while Red Oak came out with a lot more intensity.”
Neither team has a lot of time to think about the loss as games with Corsicana loom ahead on Friday.
With both teams sitting at 2-2 in district with 14 district games remaining, Venable isn’t ready to call Friday a must-win, but both games are important.
“We’re going to take them one at a time from here on out, we have to,” he said. “Friday’s not a must-win, but we know Corsicana is beatable if we can just put two halves together.”
With such a big district, the Indians and Lady Indians never got a chance to come together before district started.
Now, a couple weeks into the season, Venable is expecting both teams to step up their play.
“We didn’t get a lot of time together, but we’ve been playing together for a couple weeks now,” he said. “There is still a lot of soccer to be played and we’re going to be fine.”