The Joshua Owls and Alvarado Lady Indians saw their respective seasons come to a close on Friday night at Owl Stadium.
The Lady Indians took on 16-4A champion Midlothian in the first game of the evening as Alvarado returned to the postseason for the first time in eight years.
The return was short-lived for Alvarado as Midlothian dominated for a 10-0 victory.
The Lady Indians captured a playoff berth by finishing fourth in District 15-4A, a spot ahead of Cleburne.
Joshua finished with an 11-12 overall record after bowing out of the Class 4A playoffs after a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Midlothian in the nightcap, the champion of 16-4A.
“We had to adjust some things after the first 10 to 15 minutes,” head coach Gary Walker said. “It was kind of a shock to our system, and it was 2-0 at halftime. We had a period of time where nothing went right and they made two free kicks on us.
“It was one of those things where we were pushing up people and giving them too many opportunities.”
Walker said Midlothian’s defensive effort was critical in the loss.
“They did a good job smothering our offense,” Walker said. “There’s a reason they came in first. They did everything they needed to do.”
In light of the defeat, Walker said next year could be another successful year for Joshua.
“I’ll lose eight seniors this year, but I’m looking forward to next year,” Walker said. “We’ll be a fairly young team.”