The Warsaw girls soccer team showed its mettle Tuesday night.
The Tigers rallied late to pick up a hard-earned 2-1 win at Plymouth in the Northern Lakes Conference opener to the season.
Plymouth took a 1-0 lead in the opening half before the Tigers regrouped and responded late for the key league win.
Sydney Wiedeman tied the contest in the 60th minute on a goal assisted by Brenna Shipley.
The Tigers then got the game winner in the 72nd minute as Delaney Taylor converted with Abby Steffensmeier assisting on the goal.
“What an intense game between two rival NLC teams,” said Warsaw coach Peter Lucht via email. “We definitely had the edge on possession and opportunities during the contest, but Plymouth kept on fighting and made us earn the victory tonight. I want to highlight a few players who made a big difference: Sydney Wiedeman was a spark on the outside forward spot that really helped turn the tide, scoring the important tying goal. Brenna Shipley continued to make her mark on the game by winning balls in the midfield. Delaney Taylor linked up well with other players and scored her first career goal against NLC competition to put us ahead. And Brenna Buhrt put another great performance in – winning tackles, intercepting passes, creating opportunities – she was chosen as our Player of the Game.”
“We learned another life lesson tonight. In front of a hostile crowd, down a goal to an NLC rival, time running out – we were dominant in possession but unable to find the equalizer – the girls just kept on battling. They kept on doing what they needed to do. Winning the ball back quickly, stringing passes together, and putting Plymouth on their heels. Our girls demonstrated great character in battling through that adversity, and I am both proud and happy that we were able to walk away with the win.”
Warsaw improves to 3-3 overall and goes to 1-0 in the NLC. The Tigers return to NLC play Thursday night by hosting NorthWood.
The Warsaw girls golf team opened league play with a pair of losses Tuesday night.
The Tigers shot 202 to finish behind host Northridge (182) and Concord (197) in the Northern Lakes Conference triangular played at Spring Meadow Valley in Middlbury.
Madi Graham led the way for coach Tad Nieter’s team with a 45 in the league opener.
Delaney Wihebrink came in with a 51 and Page Desenberg a 52 for the Tigers. Izzy Ray shot a 54 and Madelyn Ray a 55 for Warsaw.
Braedyn O’Dell of Northridge captured medalist honors with a 39.
Erika Shirley led the way for Concordf with a 42.
The Warsaw JV team shot a 245. Grayson Kilburn led the way with a 54. Miriam Hagg shot a 59, while Madison Martz had a 63. Valerie Messamore shot a 69 and Cassidy Good a 70 for the JV Tigers.
Warsaw, now 6-3 overall and 0-2 in the NLC, returns to conference play Thursday versus Wawasee and Elkhart Memorial at Maxwelton in Syracuse.