WAXAHACHIE — It's not often teams' find immediate success their second year of existence — much less clear a district schedule undefeated.
After Midlothian Heritage High School's 12-1 victory March. 10 against Life Waxahachie High School at Mustang Stadium, the city's newest sports powerhouse has two with perfect finishes.
Lee Wiginton's 5-0 Jaguar football team and Gerald Slovacek's 8-0 Jaguar girls' varsity and junior varsity soccer teams.
"I think we have lots of weapons in our attack — on both teams," Slovacek said. "I think that's promising for both the present and the future. The girls really do a good job of knowing their role and playing as a team. I think having numerous scorers can help boost the confidence of those that may not get as many chances as Kendall and Leah and makes us a more challenging team to defend overall."
Much like their football counterparts, the Jaguar girls' have been an offensive juggernaut, scoring district-high 64 goals this season and allowing a mere eight.
Wiginton's Jaguars, which outscored their district opponents 207-98, reached the regional semifinal round of the 2016 UIL 4A playoffs but fell to Kennedale High School 49-47 — three victories away from claiming the first state championship in any sport in school history.
The (19-3-2, 8-0-0) varsity Jaguars ended the season as the Texas Girls Coaches Association No. 11 girls' 4A team. They will a chance to claim the first state championship and join the Midlothian Heritage boys' basketball team as the only other team to reach the state tournament when the playoff season opens on Thursday.
Ending the season on the March 10 high note against Life Waxahachie didn't hurt their hopes to enter the playoffs with momentum, either.
They crushed their cross-county counterparts to the tune of 12 goals from eight players. Midlothian Heritage received a three-goal hat trick from Kendall Shirley, two goals from freshman Leah Chancey a goal and a team-leading two assists from Brittiney Gardner.
While Gardner nailed a kick to the back of the net in the first two minutes of the game, it only took 18 more for the Jaguars to amass a 5-0 lead. Shirley scored back-to-back goals via helpers from Vicky Reyes and Gardner in the sixth and 18th minute, Katie Greer scored on an assist from Shirley in the 19th minute and Shirley outdanced Life Waxahachie's goalkeeper en route to an unassisted goal.
Midlothian Heritage scored twice more in the second half to take a 7-0 lead courtesy of goals from Shylar Ray (via Gardner, 30th minute) and Grayce Davis (34th minute, unassisted).
Shirley again sparked the Jaguars, scoring her third goal three minutes into the second half. Makenlee Mabra scored her first goal of the game on a penalty kick and Grace Hackney added a goal at the 52nd minute.
Chancey scored both of her goals on back-to-back kicks in less than three minutes.
The JV team ended its season 20-0-1, won the Winter Blast Tournament in Terrell and the Highway 287 Tournament in Ennis and Waxahachie. Led by goals leaders Amiya Guynes, Mackenzie Jones, and Sarah Dalton and assist leaders Guynes, Allie Beller, Sarah Dalton and Emma Rice, the team scored 88 goals and only allowed eight with an average of less than one goal per game.
The team's primary goalkeeper, Tori Isaacks, had the most shutouts in goal.
The Jaguars will close their regular season with Monday's 5 p.m. warm-up game against Ennis High School at Lion Memorial Stadium. They will face Lake Worth High School 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Burleson Stadium.
The (5-15-1, 3-6-1) Lady Bullfrogs are District 7-4A's No. 4 seed behind Castleberry High School (No. 3) and former Midlothian Heritage district foes Diamond-Hill Jarvis (No. 2) and Kennedale (No. 1) High Schools.
"Our playoff success will depend on the confidence this team plays with during the postseason," Slovacek said. "We have to stay in the moment, play with determination, finish opportunities and defend as a team. If we can do that, we will have success."
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