Slowly recovering from injuries and illnesses the Waxahachie Lady Indians are starting to play some of their best soccer of the year as the second half of district play begins tonight in Ennis.
Wednesday the Lady Indians ended the first half of District 28-4A play with a 5-1 victory at home against Corsicana.
The win puts Waxahachie ahead of Corsicana in the district standings and in sole possession of second place.
“Great games were turned in by Emily Saunders and Jacey Hamilton up top. Natalie Kelly, Amber Swindle and Caroline Clifton again turned in a great effort in the back and allowed only one goal on the night,” Waxahachie head coach Jason Venable said. “Others having good games were Lindsey Williams, Alyssa Jones and Sara Sanchez. The girls are playing well right now. Injury and illness have hampered us all year. We are in decent shape now, but hope that with a game tonight in Ennis and Monday in Red Oak we will have a few days to get our feet back under us.”
Red Oak leads the District 28-4A race with a 5-0 record and won the first meeting in Waxahachie 2-1.
“Both games coming up are important on where we will sit going into the final stretch. If we take care of business we can put ourselves in great position. We just have to keep finding ways to field a healthy team to compete and know we have little depth of the bench until we can get some girls back and healthy,” Venable said. “Our chemistry and team play lately has allowed us to be pretty effective.”
Improving to 4-1 in district play with the win Wednesday, the Lady Indians are a game ahead of 3-2 Corsicana and several games ahead of fourth place 1-3 Ennis.
Saunders started the scoring Wednesday for Waxahachie with a header off a corner kick from Kelly in the 14th minute. Hamilton finished off a great pass combination from Sanchez to Clifton to Saunders in the 29th minute for the second goal.
The third goal was a 25-yard shot by Saunders off a Sanchez assist in the 31st minute.
Hamilton added the fourth goal of the first half in the 37th minute off a Saunders’ assist.
Corsicana scored in the 47th minute to open the second half before Saunders picked up the hat trick with a goal in the 53rd minute off a Hamilton assist.
Alysa Jones and Megan Willoughby did a great job in the middle as the Lady Indians held Corsicana to a handful of shots on goal.
Overall Waxahachie had 17 shots on goal compared to Corsicana's two. Waxahachie had five corner kick opportunities.
Indians fall 3-2
In their best game of the season according to head coach Jason Venable the Waxahachie Indians lost a hard fought game to Corsicana 3-2 on Wednesday.
Tied at one at the half the Tigers took a 2-1 goal advantage in the final 40 minutes to remain in second place in the District 28-4A race.
“Nice games were put in by Yovany Arvizu, Joseph Vasquez in goal, Nathan Garcia, Nathan Dyke, Luke Shatwell and Ricardo Chavez,” Venable said.
The Indians are currently in the fourth playoff spot after the first round of district. Red Oak is in first, Corsicana second and Ennis third.
“The boys have played some really close and good games the past couple weeks. With the exception of a couple games we have been able to keep most teams in check,” Venable said.
“We played third place Ennis 0-1 the first time and last night's game was a 2-3 game against a very good second place Corsicana team. Hopefully tonight we can keep our current intensity and effort and split with Ennis. With TAKS testing next week our schedule is Monday and Friday so there will be no time for preparation for Red Oak. That will be another point of emphasis we will give our kids. There is no time to recover much and they will have to step up and be ready to go on a short turn around.”
Waxahachie is 1-3-1 at the end of round one of district.
The Indians had five shots on goal while Corsicana had nine. WHS made three saves.
Corsicana scored first before Waxahachie's Ricardo Chavez scored off a throw in by Nathan Garcia in the 20th minute.
The Tigers tacked on goals in the 49th and 52nd minute before the Indians cut the lead to one, 3-2, in the 78th minute with a goal by Michael Mora off a Chavez assist.