BETHANY CHRISTIAN 7, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1
In one of the marquee Class 1-A matchups in the area, the game got away from LCA in a hurry.
No. 15 Bethany got on the board quickly, posting two goals in six minutes, the first from Cedric Brenneman and the second from Sam Ostergren, both unassisted. LCA got one back in the 12th minute when Theran McKeever tucked one home on an assist from Parker Stewart, but it went downhill for the Cougars from there.
Brenneman and Ostergren both found a second strike, and Jorge Segura netted two goals before half to post a stunning 6-1 Bruins lead at the horn.
Brenneman got his hat trick in the 61st minute to close out the scoring. Bethany was on point with 19 shots in the game to just four from LCA. The Cougars, which ripped off 19 goals in its first three matches, had no answers.
“We ran into a very skilled and attack oriented team tonight,” said Cougars head coach Dan Miller. “We were not able to cope with their runs off the ball and the high press they put on us caused us to turn the ball over frequently. The second half was better, but we must clean our play up in order to continue to get results.”
LCA (3-1) will host Victory Christian Friday evening.
NORTHRIDGE 5, NORTHWOOD 0
In another matchup of ranked teams squaring off, Northridge made it clinical in Nappanee.
The 3-A No. 19 Raiders (5-0, 1-0 NLC) ripped 16 shots on target against an overwhelmed Panthers defense. NorthWood, which hadn’t given up a goal in its first two wins of the season, were only able to generate seven shots on target. Jerson Sanchez had three of those tries.
The Northridge JV also pitched a shutout in a 2-0 final.
NorthWood (2-1, 0-1 NLC) will get another big NLC test Saturday when it takes on 3-A No. 13 Concord.
CASTON 5, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 2
All the momentum from a hot start faded for the Vikings at home Thursday.
Manny Dominguez and Harrison Vining each scored goals in the first half, giving Tippy a 2-0 lead. But the Comets would recover for five unanswered goals, two to close out the first half and three untouched in the second half.
Valley (0-3) will meet Manchester Tuesday.