Grace Women 1, Indiana Wesleyan 1
Grace’s women’s soccer team had a strong showing on Wednesday in a 1-1 double overtime draw with No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan.
The NAIA No. 14-ranked Lady Lancers dominated long stretches of the match, owning a 28-8 advantage in shot attempts.
Grace limited the Wildcats (1-0-1, 1-0-1 CL) in the first half to just three shots and zero corner kicks. The Lady Lancers possessed with an intent to score and eventually did.
In the 33rd minute, Madison Tuma found space on the right side of the penalty box, and the sophomore powered her shot into the goal. Lea Fricke and Victoria Lucido teamed up for the assist on the play.
The Lady Lancers (1-0-1, 1-0-1 CL) tried two more shots and a corner kick in the final minutes, but Grace was unable to find a second goal.
IWU managed five more shots after halftime, but the Lady Lancers doubled that with 12 attempts.
Despite that shot advantage, it was IWU who netted in the second half. The Wildcats leveled the score in the 57th minute, taking advantage of a miscue in the penalty box to score.
JJ Aalbue, Tuma, Alexis Larimore and Ashley Vandenboom all had shots after IWU’s goal, but the Wildcats’ net remained unharmed.
Grace pressed hard for an overtime winner, keeping the Wildcats on their heels. The Lady Lancers outshot IWU 9-0 across the two overtime sessions.
Grace had two strong chances to score in the first overtime. Aalbue had a shot that was saved, and Tuma had another close-range shot that forced a diving save from the Wildcats.
The Lady Lancers tried four more shots in the final OT, but no winner was to be found on Wednesday evening.
Aalbue fired seven shots with three on goal, and Larimore and Tuma each shot five times.
Seventeen of Grace’s shots were on goal compared to five for the Wildcats. Grace also had all five corner kicks in the match. IWU did not take a shot for the final 22 minutes of the match.
Warsaw Boys 2, Homestead 0
The Tigers earned a good win against a quality opponent Wednesday night as they shut out Homestead, which came to Warsaw sporting a 5-1-2 record.
Goals were scored by Javier Enciso and Ashton Wade. Miles Burkholder was credited with the shutout in goal.
Warsaw upped their overall ledger to 4-5-3, They have nearly a week off before they host another non-conference opponent in Lafayette Harrison at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
Rochester Boys 4, Tippecanoe Valley 2
The Vikings hosted Rochester Wednesday in there annual TRC grudge match. Valley, playing without the services of keeper Alexis Hernandez who is sidelined with an injured thumb, went with freshman Kynan Cords in goal.
Cords held the high scoring Zebras scoreless for the first 60 minutes as Valley jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind goals by Christian Ramirez and Caleb Petgen. However, the Vikings had another difficult time closing out a game as the Zebras came from behind and won 4-2.
Rochester got on the board with a penalty kick midway through the second half and tied the score five minutes later.The exhausted Vikings hung tough, but finally broke as Rochester added two goals in the final 10 minutes to win 4-2.
Valley has no time to hang their collecrtive heads as they host the Peru Tigers at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to close out the conference schedule.
Wawasee Boys 4, Columbia City 0
The Warriors continued their non-conference slate with a home match against the Eagles of Columbia City. The visitors didn’t receive the best hospitality between the whistles as Wawasee dominated all 80 minutes of the match to improve to 7-3 overall.
On Senior Night, the Warriors outshot their guests 20-7. Wawasee goals were scored by a trio of seniors: Ethan Carey, Brandon Tayagua and Jace Mishler. Assists were credited to senior Caleb Young and juniors Ben Haines and Alec Wortinger. The fourth Warrior tally was on an own goal knocked in by Columbia City.
The shutout between the pipes was credited to senior Aiden Jonsson.
“It was a great Senior Night win,” said Warrior head coach Jordan Sharp. “The guys took care of business and had fun!”
Next up for Wawasee is another non-conference tilt at Culver Academy, which was rescheduled from Sept. 2.