WHS boys pull victory out at end

Corner header with 20 seconds left leads to key win over Lake Ridge

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Waxahachie’s Jesse Garcia (11, right) nods home the game-winning goal in the final minute against Mansfield Lake Ridge during a February home match. The Indians will take on Belton at Waco Midway on Thursday evening in the Class 6A Region II bi-district round. The Lady Indians will also play their postseason opener at Midway on Friday night against Bryan.

The Waxahachie High School boys’ soccer team recorded the game-winner on a Jesse Garcia header off a corner kick from John Paul Lopez with 20.4 seconds left, and improved to 2-0 in District 11-6A action with a crucial 2-1 victory over Mansfield Lake Ridge on Friday night.

The Indians surrendered a first-half goal to Lake Ridge sophomore Jax Turley off a Donovan Hawkins assist, and trailed 1-0 at intermission. However, the Tribe equalized in the second half on a penalty kick with 12:20 left, and then they pulled out the full points at the death on the corner header, sending the WHS sideline into bedlam.

WHS freshman goalkeeper Frederico Palafox was under intense pressure in the first half, but made four crucial saves on shots on goal to keep the match in hand. In the second half, the Indians made defensive adjustments that turned the tide in their favor.

The Indians (5-5, 2-0) were scheduled to travel to Cedar Hill on Tuesday night. They will hit the road to Duncanville on Friday and will return home to face Mansfield High on Tuesday. Both matches will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

11-6A girls: Lake Ridge 7, WHS 3

MANSFIELD — The Lady Indians (8-2-1, 0-2) suffered several lapses and went on to a 7-3 district road loss at Mansfield Lake Ridge on Friday night.

Lake Ridge led at the half, 4-0. Seven different Lake Ridge players entered the scoring column on the night. The second half was played on even terms, but WHS was unable to make up any ground.

The Lady Indians were scheduled to host Cedar Hill on Tuesday night at Lumpkins Stadium. During halftime of the JV game, former Lady Indians Mackenzie Posey and Abigail Martinez were to be inducted into WHS’ Hall of Honor.

They will host Duncanville at the big house on Friday and will venture to Mansfield High next Tuesday. Both varsity matches will start at 7:30 p.m.