NORTHWOOD WINS TWO AT ARGOS TOURNEY
NorthWood’s resurgence continued Saturday in picking up two wins at the Argos Tournament.
Sebastian Guillen had two goals to lead NorthWood to a 5-1 win over South Bend Washington in the semi-finals. Andre DeFreitas, Chase Duerksen and Trent Edwards all had a goal in the win while Kayden Newcomer added two assists.
In the championship against Argos, DeFreitas potted two goals and Cam Iwema buried a goal as the Panthers upset the Class 1-A No. 7 Dragons. Guillen and Newcomer had assists in the contest and Andrew Graber made 10 saves en route to the championship.
NorthWood, ranked No. 18 in Class 2-A, improves to 9-1 on the season.
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN BOYS 4, CASTON 3
Just two players scored in a wild match at Caston, but LCA’s Parker Stewart was the ultimate hero just in the nick of time for the Cougars. Stewart scored with less than two minutes remaining to rescue the result for LCA, which saw itself trailing to the hosts 3-2 as late as the 75th minute. Stewart erased a 2-0 deficit with a penalty conversion late in the first half, then scored in the final minute of the half to equalize. After Noah Howdeshell scored his third goal of the match for the Comets in the 46th minute, the score stood until Stewart scored off a Landen Bremer pass in the 75th minute.
Peter Koller made six saves for LCA while Bailey Zimpleman had seven stops for the Comets.
“I was proud of our mental toughness today,” said LCA head coach Dan Miller. “We got down by two goals and fought back to tie it up, and then fell behind by another goal. The last two goals were scored in the final five minutes of the game. Parker Stewart would not let us lose today, and Aiden McQuade and Trey Avey stepped up in the absence of two injured players Landon Paris and Brayden Lane.”
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN GIRLS 2, ELKHART CHRISTIAN 0
A pair of Jessi Calizo goals got LCA on the plus side of a win at home against ECA. Calizo scored in the fourth minute, then potted her second goal in the 26th minute to pad the lead. LCA’s defense made the goals stand up to post its fourth shutout of the season. Finley Hobbs stopped all six of ECA’s shots on target to collect another clean sheet.
“We had a good start to the game,” began LCA head coach Nat Raber. “They played a high trap defense and our forwards, Jessi Calizo and Keely Bauer, gave them fits all day. We definitely left a few chances out there, but after the last couple of games, it was nice to get a win.”
FISHERS GIRLS 1, WARSAW 0
No. 7 Fishers withstood Warsaw’s challenge to earn a quality road win Saturday afternoon. The lone goal came in the second half off a Fishers corner kick, and despite Warsaw’s pressing, the Tigers came up short against one of the top defenses in the state. Brielle Harrison made a valiant effort in goal for the Tigers, making six saves.
GRACE MEN 4, LINCOLN 1
The Lancers were in control throughout the match at 1st Source Bank Field, owning a 21-6 shot advantage. Grace (5-1-1) secured its fourth straight victory in the process.
The Lancers were patient offensively in the first half. Grace focused on its possession and gradually wore down the Lynx’s defense.
In the 32nd minute, Grace finally broke through. Jonny Mora sent in a dangerous cross from the left side. Cody Boerema pounced on the loose ball and flicked in his shot to the far post.
Grace led 1-0 at halftime; the Lynx were held to just two shots in the first half.
It took only five minutes of action in the second half for Grace to score again.
Togo Narusawa was fouled just outside the penalty box. The senior took the free kick, beat the wall and placed his shot inside the right post at the 49:39 mark.
The remaining three goals in the match were scored in a six-minute section. Grace’s third goal also came after a foul.
The Lancers restarted quickly after a foul near midfield and caught the Lynx napping. Marcelo Talamas advanced down the left side and passed ahead just in front of the goal. Ulisses Miranda connected with the ball, sliding a shot around the goalkeeper at the 62:22 mark.
Lincoln managed to score its only goal less than a minute after Miranda’s strike, converting off a corner kick.
The final goal was a well-worked play from Grace. Boerema crossed into the penalty box from the right side of the field. Felipe Gruber headed the cross with pace inside the near post in the 69th minute for the final 4-1 scoreline.
Grace had 13 shots on goal for the match and had a 5-1 edge on corner kicks. Boerema tried six shots to lead all players, and Miranda and Talamas each shot four times.