LAKELAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 11, GRANGER CHRISTIAN 0
LCA put on an offensive display in picking up a win in Granger.
Parker Stewart and Micah Mansfield each notched a hat trick and Theran McKeever added two goals as LCA outshot Granger Christian 22-4. Remington Swanson, Jake Harmon and Landon Twombly added late goals for the Cougars.
McKeever had three assists, Harmon two assists and Swanson and Stewart one assist each in the win.
Swanson earned the win in net, splitting the shutout with Peter Koller.
LCA moves to 8-2-1 on the season with a big game Tuesday at Manchester.
WARSAW 3, ELKHART CENTRAL 1
Warsaw added another solid non-conference win to its résumé Saturday night in a late win.
Agustin Hildalgo had a goal and an assist, as did Blake Burns. Jose Lara added a goal for the Tigers.
Saul Garay had the lone goal on a penalty for the Blue Blazers.
Warsaw (8-2-3) will take on Fort Wayne Northrop Monday in a rescheduled match.
EAST NOBLE 3, WAWASEE 2
Wawasee couldn’t rally fast enough in a home loss Saturday to the Knights.
Ethan Carey and Braedon Schlabach each scored for the Warriors, but Schlabach’s goal came in the 79th minute with Wawasee down two.
Dillon Drake made nine stops in net for Wawasee.
“We played hard for about 15 minutes out of the 80. Very disappointing to see the effort the team brought,” said Wawasee head coach Jordan Sharp. “East Noble proved to be effective at winning 50-50 challenges and playing tough and aggressive. We gave up another corner kick goal and didn’t put one away ourselves. In summary, it took us too late to show up to the game, costing us the victory.”
Wawasee (3-8) will travel to Goshen Tuesday.
CARDINAL STRITCH 3, GRACE 2
Grace’s men’s soccer team dropped a NAIA Top 25 showdown on Saturday, losing 3-2 at No. 12 Cardinal Stritch.
The 24th-ranked Lancers (5-2-1) came up short in their comeback attempt on the road. Cody Boerema and Tyler Brueckman each scored for Grace.
The Wolves (6-1) and Lancers were even for much of the first half. Cardinal Stritch held a slight 7-4 advantage in shots over the first 45 minutes.
The Lancers seemed to have the upper hand offensively to end the first half, producing two corner kicks and a pair of headed efforts by Togo Narusawa and Boerema which were saved.
But CSU found the back of the net in the final minute of the first half to take a stunning 1-0 lead.
The Wolves used that momentum to score again just nine minutes into the second half, putting Grace into a 2-0 hole.
Boerema cut the Wolves’ lead in half with a goal at the 62:06 mark, but Cardinal Stritch was swift in response. The Wolves scored their third goal just two minutes after Boerema’s strike to increase their lead to 3-1.
The Lancers managed to get one goal back at the 88:41 mark thanks to Tyler Brueckman’s first collegiate goal.
Grace was unable to find an equalizer in the final frantic minutes. The Lancers did earn a corner kick with 56 seconds to play, but Grace did not produce a shot from that opportunity.
“We played some moments of good soccer, but I never felt like we had control tonight. We were chasing the game for most of the night, and we definitely will grow through the experience,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “They are a good team with a very solid central midfield. We allowed the game to get stretched out, and we shouldn’t have. We will get back up and focus on the next one.”
Kurt Hamlin recorded five saves as Grace’s goalkeeper, and Boerema and Narusawa each shot twice.
The Lancers will look to rebound on Friday with a home match against Manchester at 7 p.m.
WARSAW WINS JV NLC TITLE
Warsaw walloped Elkhart Memorial and shut out Northridge to win the NLC junior varsity tournament.
Warsaw used two goals each from Judah Simfukwe and Adrian Tanase as well as solo tallies from Brandon Lopez, Ivan Rico, Preston Kohler and Jarod Ilada to seal up an 8-0 win to advance to the championship.
Lopez and Dayne Koontz each found the net in the final against Northridge in a 2-0 win. The shutout was the seventh of the season for the Tigers, which are 9-0-2 on the season.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Wawasee fell victim to a pair of losses. NorthWood defeated Wawasee 3-0 and Plymouth rolled 7-2 over the Warriors. Caleb Clevenger and Jonas Bailey were the Wawasee scorers in the Plymouth match.