The Midlothian High School Panther boys soccer team notched a big 5-2 district win over Ennis at home Friday night, led by a Tanner Henderson hat trick and three Justin Barnett assists.
After signing a national letter of intent to run track and cross country at UT-Arlington, Henderson — a three-sport Panther athleteb — got his first goal from a Christian Epperson assist. The Lions drew things up before Henderson struck again on Barnett's first assist. The Panthers went into the half up 3-1 after two-sport athlete Shane Reasonover — who signed this week to kick at Louisiana-Monroe — scrapped a Ryan Tate assist into the back of the net.
Early in the second half the Lions struck again to make it 3-2 before Henderson rounded out his hat trick from another Barnett assist. Barnett wasn't finished as he went on to assist Alex Hernandez for the win.
On Tuesday night, the Panthers traveled to Corsicana and fought a hard working Cana team to a 2-2 draw. After going down a goal, Barnett drew things level in the second half from a Juan Martinez assist. Martinez then put the Panthers ahead 2-1 as Barnett returned the favor with an assist of his own. Corsicana scored late in the match on a long distance free kick for the draw.
The Panthers (5-4-6 overall, 2-0-3 district) will host Red Oak in a West Ellis County derby on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Roesler Complex. Next Tuesday they will host Waco University.
14-5A girls: MHS 5, Ennis 1; MHS 5, Corsicana 0
The MHS Panther girls soccer team got a 5-1 district win over Ennis at home Friday night.
Kaleigh Naizer opened the scoring with an upper 90 bomb from distance on a Mariah Griffin assist. Tori Sorrels then scored from a Naizer assist, before turning around to assist Griffin on the second Panther upper 90 of the night.
Jade Robinson got the fourth of the night from yet another Sorrels assist. Julian Forbes blasted the final goal of the night into the back of the net with no assist.
The girls traveled to Corsicana on Tuesday night and worked their way to a 5-0 win in cold and rainy conditions. The girls divided the scoring and assists evenly with a very diverse attack. Goals and assists:
1. Kaleigh Naizer (Abby Powers)
2. Allyson Gibbs (Emma Best)
3. Mariah Griffin (Eunique Wright)
4. Abby Powers (Mariah Griffin)
5. Hannah Valle (Madison McLemore)
The victory helped Landry Combs get her first shutout of the season with help in the closing minutes from Lilly Gibson.
The Panthers (11-1-2, 5-0) are home the next two games, hosting rival Red Oak on Friday evening and Waco University next Tuesday. Both matches are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff at the Roesler Complex.