WARSAW 2, PENN 2
In one of the marquee matchups of the entire girls soccer schedule, Warsaw made a statement by earning a draw with the two-time defending state champions.
Delaney Taylor scored the game’s first goal, fed by Audrey Grimm for the whistler. Lauren Hamilton would put No. 5 Penn on top in the second half with a pair of goals, but Warsaw’s Brenna Buhrt changed that. Buhrt made a run and ripped a shot that clanged off the crossbar and down into the goal for the equalizer 10 minutes before time.
“After having two rainouts, I was impressed with our team’s ability to come out and play so well,” said Warsaw head coach Jon Hoover. “We are still getting better every day. To go to Penn and tie one of the stronger teams in the state is encouraging for our girls. Jeff Hart is a great coach and runs a quality program. We have nothing but respect for them and the way they play the game.
“I told our assistant coaches 20 minutes into the second half, ‘win or lose, this game has been fun to watch.’ Even though we settled for a tie, it was a great game to be a part of and I’m proud of the way these women competed tonight.”
The draw leaves No. 8 Warsaw at 8-2-1 on the season with six days to prep for another non-conference challenge against Culver Academy next Wednesday.
NORTHWOOD 4, GOSHEN 2
After a frustrating first half of the Northern Lakes Conference season, NorthWood finally got on the right side of a result.
Mackenzie Bergman punched in the first goal in the 28th minute, assisted by Avery Bontrager, who would scored the second goal nine minutes into the second half. Goshen would get both goals back after Aniya Hartzler found paydirt, then an own goal leveled the score. Kali Parisi broke the tie with a goal with two minutes to go, and Morgan Stickley’s strike from Bontrager closed it out.
Kira Robinson made five saves for the win, and NorthWood, which was 0-3-1 in the NLC despite allowing just three goals in the four matches, earned its first NLC tally.
Goshen won the JV matchup 2-1. Hannah Steinmetz had the lone Panther goal.
NorthWood (6-3-2, 1-3-1 NLC) jumps out of conference for three in a row, starting with Elkhart Central this Saturday.
WAWASEE 2, ELKHART CHRISTIAN 1
Wawasee ended a seven-game losing streak with a win at Elkhart.
Allie Haberman struck first for the Lady Warriors in the 30th minute, helped by Natalie Winters. Hannah Lancester potted the second goal on her lonesome in the 67th minute. That goal would prove huge as Chloe Konkler got the Eagles one back in the 72nd minute.
Sam Kolberg made eight saves for Wawasee while Audra Badskey was very busy, making 18 saves for ECA.
Wawasee (2-8-1) will entertain Northridge Tuesday.
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 5, LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 0
Jessi Calizo and Anna Reimink each scored two goals as LCA racked up another win at home.
Both scored their pair in the first half, and Keely Bauer scored her first goal of the season just before the half to stun LPC. Reimink and Lauren Starrett each had assists among the scoring.
Maddie Paris made nine stops for the shutout.
“We played pretty well tonight,” said LCA head coach Nat Raber. “I was happy to see the girls completing multiple passes in a row and allow the ball to do the work for them. Still have some room to grow and need to clean some things up, but I’m overall pleased with where our team is at. The team was very excited to see Keely get her first goal. She has been close a few times this year and finally found the back of the net.”
LCA (7-1-2) will host Fort Wayne Fusion Tuesday.
GRACE 8, CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN 1
Grace’s women’s soccer team put on a goalfest at Cincinnati Christian, winning 8-1 on Thursday.
Five different players scored in Grace’s goal spree, propelling the Lady Lancers (6-1) to an easy victory.
Jenni Phillips and Liz Van Wormer, in particular, were involved heavily for Grace. Phillips scored a goal and added four assists, and Van Wormer notched a hat trick.
The Eagles (0-6) actually got on the scoreboard first against the run of play. CCU saw 11 of the first 13 shots of the match shot on its goal as Grace attacked on offense early.
CCU managed to score an unassisted goal 20 minutes into the match to take the lead, but that incident only seemed to spark Grace to life.
The Lady Lancers responded just seven minutes later. Phillips earned her first assist on Grace’s first goal, setting up Joana Schimmel.
The match remained tied 1-1 at halftime despite Grace holding a tremendous 14-5 shot advantage and 6-0 lead on corner kicks.
Allison Vroon provided the go-ahead goal shortly into the second half, and the proverbial floodgates opened up for Grace’s offense.
Aubrey Feipel scored next, assisted by Phillips again, for Feipel’s first goal since her freshman season.
In the final 15 minutes, Grace added five more. Van Wormer, the former Warsaw Tiger standout, scored her first goal off an assist by Phillips.
Phillips scored a goal of her own two minutes later on a penalty kick; not long after she tallied her fourth assist of the match, again picking out Van Wormer.
Next up Schimmel netted her second goal, and Van Wormer completed her hat trick in the final minutes on a solo effort.
The Lady Lancers have now outscored their opponents 24-4 to start the season. Grace’s offense has showed dramatic improvement in 2018, already surpassing last year’s goal tally of 23 in just seven games.
For the game, Grace outshot CCU 35-8. Vroon, Phillips and Schimmel each had four shots, and Van Wormer led all players with five shots.
Bethany Blackwood earned the win as goalkeeper, making three saves in 90 minutes.
The Lady Lancers return home on Saturday, hosting Lincoln Christian at 7 p.m. at 1st Source Bank Field.