WARSAW -The Warsaw girls soccer team shook off a slow start to finish strong Monday night.
Junior Liz VanWormer led the way for the hosts with a three-goal performance as the Tigers blanked Fort Wayne Snider 5-0.
Warsaw started a little slow, not scoring until the 33rd minute in the first half on a goal by sophomore Julie Frazzetta, assisted by senior Brooklyn Jackson.
“Snider has a very good team, and we were both like boxers feeling each other out, to see where we needed to attack, said head coach Peter Lucht.
There were several missed opportunities especially in the first half, including a break away from Sydney Wiedeman missing wide left on her shot on goal. After only scoring one goal in the first half, the Tigers opened up the flood gates in the second half scoring four times.
“At halftime I told the girls to keep trying and pressing,” said Lucht.
VanWormer made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute with her first score of the game, assisted by Jackson. She then made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute, this time assisted by sophomore Rachel McClelland.
Freshman Wiedeman got into the scoring column in the 72nd minute for the hosts to make it 4-0 off an assist from freshman Brenna Shipley.
VanWormer, a junior, completed her second hat trick of the season with the game’s final goal in the 74th minute. Frazzetta assisted on the score for the Tigers.
“Even though Liz had a tremendous game, it was a full team effort, feeding her the ball, fighting for one another, and capitalizing on great opportunities, said Lucht.
Senior Gabby Herman notched the shutout in goal for the Tigers.
Warsaw has now won six straight matches, since its lone loss to Goshen 2-0. The Tigers have posted four shutouts in a row, outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 23-0 in the dominating stretch.
Warsaw improves to 8-1 on the season with the win.
The Warsaw junior varsity team beat Snider 1-0. Kennedy Patton scored for the Tigers off an assist from Jessica Keyes as the JV improved to 7-1-1.
Warsaw, which is 3-1 in conference play, travels to league foe Plymouth Wednesday night. The Tigers will then host Manchester Thursday night.