WARSAW – The Warsaw girls soccer program saluted its seniors Monday night.
The Tigers then went out and celebrated on the pitch with a 2-0 home victory over Fort Wayne Northrop.
Brooklyn Jackson continued her high scoring season to pace the hosts to the non-conference win.
Jackson scored in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick and then added another tally in the 58th minute on a free kick from about 30 yards out.
“It was a difficult game,” said Warsaw coach Peter Lucht in an email Monday night. “Northrop is a tough opponent who has a chance to finish second in their conference. They were able to create and sustain periods of pressure and hold off a potent Tiger attack. In the end, two free kicks from leading goal scorer Brooklyn Jackson was enough to earn the Tigers a victory.”
“Sometimes the games are not as pretty as you want them to be. But seeing the scoreboard read 2-0 in your favor at the end of the night is a pretty beautiful thing.”
Goalie Abby Schue posted the shutout for the Tigers. Lucht also cited the play of Danielle Hutcherson, a junior midfielder for his team.
The Tigers honored seniors Schue, Zoe Smyth and Vanessa Malagon prior to the match.
“Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to Vanessa Malagon, a senior who suffered a difficult injury part-way through the match,” added coach Lucht.
Warsaw now stands at 6-2-2 overall on the season.
Warsaw won the junior varsity contest by a 4-1 final. Scoring goals for the winners were Melanie Cervantes, Haley Schaeffer, Christina Tiahuetl and Rosie Fleming. McKenzy Secrist had an assist for the JV Tigers, who are now 4-1.
The Tigers play at Columbia City Thursday.