The pursuit of a District 28-4A championship began Tuesday for the Waxahachie Lady Indians as the girls in white opened district play against rival Ennis at Wilemon Field.

Senior forward Emily Saunders scored three goals to pick up a hat trick while Natalie Kelly scored one from 30 yards out to give the Lady Indians a 4-1 win.

“We always come out with a vengeance for Ennis, I don’t know why we just always want to play good against Ennis. It kind of stinks we did let a goal in, but it is OK because we were able to get four in tonight,” Saunders said. “On offense we did really good. We had a lot of opportunities and worked really hard for each other.”

Waxahachie (10-1-3, 1-0) wasted little time scoring as Saunders sent a powerful kick towards the goal five minutes into the game that bounced off the Ennis keeper’s hand and slowly rolled into the goal.

Seven minutes later Waxahachie took a 2-0 lead on a 30-yard free kick by Kelly that shot into the back corner of the net.

The 2-0 led stood at the half before Waxahachie struck first in the second.

Jacey Hamilton hustled down field to secure a loose ball before dishing it over to Saunders in front of the net. Saunders launched the ball past the Ennis keeper for a 3-0 lead with 22 minutes to play.

Ennis answered back minutes later with its lone goal of the game before Saunders picked up her hat trick off a Danielle Tesei assist with three minutes to play.

“A win is a win. I don’t think we played the best we could, but it is a W,” Waxahachie head coach Jason Venable said. “It was nice to see Emily play well. We did some good things, but we did a lot of things playing at a slower pace than I would have liked. We had some freshmen play good tonight and both Tierney Thompson and Karleigh Hector played good up top.”

Freshman goalkeeper Elizabeth Gish got the start for Waxahachie and made one save in the first 20 minutes before junior Sarah Hay assumed the position the rest of the game.

The Indians lost in their game against Ennis 3-0. Both teams play in Ferris on Friday as district play continues.