Wawasee Girls 2, Elkhart Christian Academy 2
Wawasee moved its record to 1-6-3 on the season after a Thursday evening draw with the Eagles.
Allie Haberman and Nadia Whalen each had one goal for the Warriors while McKenzie Long was credited with an assist.
“The girls played a tough game and controlled most of the game,” said Wawasee head coach Luis Camargo. “Unfortunately ECA managed to put two in our goal toward the end.”
Wawasee will face a tough task when they play host to NLC foe Northridge next Tuesday evening.
NorthWood Girls 1, Goshen 1
In a physical match that saw to yellow card drawn and several more that probably should have been, NorthWood and Goshen played 80 minutes of soccer to finish in a draw.
The visiting RedHawks took a 1-0 lead into intermission off a goal in the 21st minute by senior captain Maddie Swallow, who punched the ball past NorthWood keeper Lili Lomeli. The Panther equalizer came early in the second half off a nice pass just inside the 18 from Brooke Roa that sophomore striker Caitlin Knepp was able to fire past the Goshen keeper into the left side of the net.
The tie brings NorthWood’s record to 3-4-1, 1-3-1 in the NLC. They will welcome Elkhart to Wellfield Park on Saturday morning for a non-conference match with the Lions.
Penn Girls 3, Warsaw 0
The Lady Tigers travelled to fellow big-school Penn on Thursday evening and came home empty handed, dropping a 3-nil decision.
The loss drops Warsaw’s overall record to 7-5, although they remain firmly in control of the NLC with an unblemished 5-0 mark. They will face another stiff test on Saturday morning when they travel to #1 (2A) Mishawaka Marian.
Lakeland Christian Academy Girls 1, Lakewood Park Christian 1
As was the case at all venues on Thursday evening, the conditions were almost perfect for a soccer game in Winona Lake. Lakewood Park Christian had more action in their attacking half but didn’t manage many quality scoring chances. Each team seemed content playing in the middle of the field. LCA only managed a few shots on goal but were playing with passion, according to head coach Nat Raber. The first half ended with neither team finding the net.
In the second half, LCA started to move the ball better. While majority of the game was played in the LCA defensive midfield, LCA would get better scoring opportunities. Jessi Calizo had a breakaway and shot towards the back post where LPC’s keeper would make a diving save to stop the ball. Calizo did get another chance taking a shot from the top of the 18 for the goal with only 10 mins in the game. LPC was awarded a PK with less than 20 seconds in the game and converted to earn a tie.
“It was a tough draw,” said Raber. “We played hard today. We were moving better than I have seen in a while. I know our team wanted this one for the seniors and how much they have meant for this program. We are starting to turn the corner here and I have excitement for the rest of the season.”
LCA is now 3-4-2. LCA will host #13 (1A) Argos at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Tippecanoe Valley Boys 8, Peru 0
Valley bounced back in a big way following a tough loss Wednesday night to Rochester. The Vikings handled the Peru Tigers 8-0 and played an extremely good game defensively, according to Coach Andy Luce.
Kynan Cords, who played goalie against Rochester Wednesday night was unable to suit up Thursday due to a wrist injury, so Tyler Jones stepped up and delivered for the Vikings, producing a clean sheet.
Caleb Petgen led the Vikings attack with a hat trick, his second of the season. Christian Ramirez, Go Arriaga, Luis Castillo, Gerardo Fernandez and Jon Ruiz all chipped in with a goal to provide all the offense for the 2-5-1 Vikings.
However, it was the Viking defense that shined tonight, noted Luce. Arturo Dominguez, David Reyes and Jesus Baca all played solid games and turned away any Peru threats in support of Jones. The Vikings need to carry this momentum into next week as they have two tough matches against Elkhart Christian on Tuesday and Lakeland Christian on Thursday.
NorthWood Boys 0, Goshen 0
The Panthers and RedHawks played 80 minutes of scoreless soccer in a conference match contested on Goshen’s home pitch.
NorthWood outshot their hosts 8-5 with senior Andrew Graber earning the shutout for the Panthers, who moved their record to 5-2-3, 1-1-3 in the NLC. They will travel to to Baugo to take on Jimtown on Saturday morning in a non-conference tilt.