KAUFMAN — While its a long district season and playoff berths and district titles are not even close to being in view, one thing is certain — neither Waxahachie soccer team will run through District 11-4A unscathed.
The Lady Indians rebounded from a district-opening loss to Terrell to beat Kaufman 3-1 on Tuesday while the Indians saw a 3-2 lead vanish in 25 minutes as Kaufman took a 6-3 win.
After their loss last Tuesday to Terrell, the Lady Indians have now won four straight while allowing just one goal.
Waxahachie took a 3-0 lead in the first half and never looked back as head coach Jason Venable was able to get his younger players plenty of game-time experience.
“The girls have come a long way since the scrimmage with Midlothian and the game with Terrell,” Venable said. “In our last five games we’ve given up only two goals. We’ve got a sophomore and freshman playing defense with Brandi Battles, but the whole defense is playing great.”
Scoring goals for the Lady Indians on Tuesday were Katie Hinds, Lindsey Fairless and Emily Gore, who scored in her third straight game.
The boys game was one of runs as Kaufman jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see the Indians take the lead, who eventually saw Kaufman earn the 6-3 win.
After Kaufman took the early advantage, the Indians scored three straight goals on shots from Chase Brown, Sheldon Ellis and Rex Parker.
After Waxahachie took its first lead early in the second half, Kaufman’s David Rayes took over.
Rayes, who has committed to North Carolina State, scored four goals over the final 25 minutes to give Kaufman the win.
“We knew he was the guy we needed to stop and we did a pretty good job in the first half,” Venable said. “He got away from us in the second half.”
The loss was the team’s first of the season after the Indians got off to a 3-0-1 start.
“I think the kids realized there still a lot of work to be done,” Venable said. “We still need to develop, but I think its a good thing that we realize maybe we’re not as good as we think we are.”
Despite the loss, Venable was glad to see the Indians fight back to tie the game and eventually grab the lead for a short time.
“Coming back and tieing the game and then leading, I was impressed because of how physical the game was,” he said.
The Indians and Lady Indians host Mabank on Friday at Lumpkins Stadium with the first game scheduled for 5:30 p.m.