WARSAW 6, WAWASEE 0
Warsaw took care of business on senior day to align itself with a shot at the Northern Lakes Conference championship.
A pair of Brenna Buhrt goals and a lot of help lifted Warsaw to the easy win over Wawasee, moving the Lady Tigers to 6-0 in the NLC with a showdown set for Thursday at Northridge. The Lady Raiders beat Fort Wayne Canterbury 9-0 Saturday to move to 13-1-1 on the season. Ridge takes on Memorial Monday before the Warsaw match, the fourth year in a row the final game could decide the conference champion.
As far as Saturday went, Corissa Koontz, Delaney Taylor, Abby Steffensmeier and Dayle Harvey all scored solo goals against Wawasee to go with Buhrt’s double. Taylor, Buhrt and Steffensmeier all had assists in the contest.
Keeper Kaylee Patton and the Warsaw defense kept the sheet clean, stopping all six of Wawasee’s shots.
Wawasee (2-11-1, 0-5 NLC) will host Memorial and NorthWood next week to conclude its regular season.
Warsaw (10-2-1, 6-0 NLC) will be seeking its first NLC title since 2015, when it tied Northridge in the second of four consecutive championship matchups but won the title by a half game. Northridge won the 2016 game and the two teams tied last season, Ridge winning the title by a half game. The Lady Tigers will first play Tuesday at home against No. 20 Fort Wayne Carroll in a make-up game from Aug. 13.
CULVER ACADEMY 5, NORTHWOOD 1
The Eagles handed the Panthers its worst loss of the season Saturday afternoon.
Heather McNab was credited with a hat trick for the Academy, which entered the half up 3-0, the largest deficit the Panthers have experienced this season.
Sarah Eberle got the lone NorthWood goal in the 52nd minute, assisted on the play by Neely Trenshaw.
Sophie Michi outdid Kira Robinson in the battle of elite goalkeepers, Michi making five stops to Robinson’s three.
The JV game saw NorthWood win 3-0. Fatima Ghaffar, Ariana Runge and Olivia Craven all scored for the winners.
NorthWood (6-5-3) will wrap up its regular season in NLC play, hosting Plymouth Tuesday then ending Thursday at Wawasee.
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 5, MACONAQUAH 1
LCA faced some adversity early but pulled away from the host Braves.
Jessi Calizo got LCA on the board quickly, scoring in the fifth minute, but Maconaquah would respond just two minutes later to tie the match on a Jolee Holland strike on the new turf in Miami County.
The Cougars, however, would respond and control the remainder of the match. Anna Reimink scored and Tori Calizo found the net twice to rebound the match in LCA’s favor at 4-1 at the half. LCA maintained control in the second half, adding a Lauren Starrett goal to conclude the scoring.
Maddie Paris made four stops to earn her ninth win between the pipes.
LCA (9-2-2) will finish its final week hosting Culver on Tuesday and Bremen on Thursday.