PLYMOUTH – Several impressive streaks came to screeching halts Wednesday night at Kindt Field. The Warsaw boys soccer program had won six consecutive sectional and regional titles coming into the 2014 postseason, on top of that the Tigers had not lost to Plymouth on the pitch since 2007. All three of those impressive streaks are now history.
The Rockies and Tigers met in a semi-final match of the Plymouth Sectional and the host team finally broke the streak against its rival to the east. The Rockies won a hard-fought and thrilling contest 2-1 to advance to Saturday’s sectional title against NorthWood.
“I told the guys that they didn’t want to be that team that finally lost to Plymouth,” Warsaw interim head coach Frank Courtois stated after the match. “We told them not to give an early goal, but that happened anyways. When you allow the early goal and get outplayed, this is what happens.”
Giving up an early goal always changes the mood of a game and Plymouth certainly jumped on the Tigers early, scoring in the second minute of the game.
Cesar Aguilar netted the goal for the Rockies and sent the crowd into a frenzy.
The score board remained dormant for much of the remainder of the opening half. Warsaw kept waiting for a break and it finally got one by way of senior Sam Allbritten.
Just as he has all season, Allbritten kept his team focused and made a big play to give the team new life. Allbritten nailed a 19-yard free kick to tie the game up at one goal a piece.
The world seemed right for the Tigers, at least for a short while. However, Plymouth would not stay down for long. Allbritten’s goal came in the 28′, the Rockies would strike once more in the 37′.
This time it was Plymouth’s Clay Marshall that netted the goal. Marshall made some magnificent moves to get into position for the goal but it seemed that a lot of Warsaw’s defenders completely missed Marshall ever having the ball. The goal was impressive, but seemed too easy all at the same time.
Courtois shared his thoughts on the defensive breakdown that allowed Marshall to score, “That second goal, it was like we were daydreaming or something on the field.”
The Tigers did not have an official shot on goal in the second half, but missed on several opportunities to get the equalizer. Poor shot selection and poor passing were the leading cause of going scoreless in the second half.
The impressive sectional streak is now over. The winning streak over the Rockies is now over. It certainly was not a banner day in the Tiger program, but it was a day that was sure to come at some point and now that it has, Courtois said it’s now time for the program to move forward.
“We have a lot of talent coming up,” Courtois stated. “We have some good sophomores and some freshman coming in. We just have to get them in shape and ready to go for next season. We have our goals and we have to get the guys ready to accomplish those goals. We have to get Warsaw back on top of the list of teams to beat.”
Warsaw finishes its season 7-5-5. Plymouth will play NorthWood at 6 p.m. Saturday night at Kindt Field in Plymouth.