NorthWood Girls 0, Plymouth 0
The Panthers and the Pilgrims locked horns in a defensive melee Tuesday night at Wellfield Park in Nappanee. For 80 minutes, the possession arrow went back and forth as the two NLC rivals struggled to find clean looks at the goal. The back lines for both sides held steady to repel any offensive overtures put forth by their opponents.
Plymouth, ranked 19th in 2A, had their best scoring opportunity of the game in the last 15 seconds of the second half, but their last second shot came off the left glove of Panther keeper Lili Lomeli and fell outside the left post as the clock hit zero, leaving each team with half a point.
NorthWood’s overall record moved to 5-5-3 on the season, including a 1-3-2 mark in conference play. The Panthers have one more regular season match at NLC foe Wawasee on Thursday. They will also face the Warriors in the semi-final round of Sectional 20 exactly one week later on the same field in Syracuse.
Plymouth stands at 9-4-2, 4-1-2 in the NLC, and will conclude their regular season Thursday when they host Culver Girls Academy on Thursday.
Plymouth Boys 3, NorthWood 2
In a battle of ranked squads, No. 8 (2A) NorthWood and No. 8 (3A) Plymouth also hooked up in boys soccer on Tuesday on the Pilgrims’ pitch. The hosts took a 2-0 lead into halftime, adding one more in the second stanza to hold off the Panthers.
Andre DeFreitas and Kayden Newcomer found the back of the net for NorthWood, which fell to 8-3-4, 2-2-3 in the NLC. They host Bethany Christian on Thursday night in their regular season finale.
Plymouth remains undefeated at 13-0-1. Their 6-0 mark in conference play puts them firmly in the driver’s seat for the NLC crown with a Thursday match at home with Wawasee all that’s left on their conference agenda.
Tippecanoe Valley Boys 0, Argos 0
In a game that featured no goals but plenty of action, Valley and No. 1 (1A) Argos played to a 0-0 tie.
The Vikings and Dragons went back and forth for 80 minutes. Argos won the time of possession battle, but Valley played gritty defense led by Arturo Dominguez and keeper Tyler Jones, who recorded his second clean sheet in 72 hours.
Valley generated a handful of opportunities but were troubled by the same issues tonight as they have been all season, the inability to finish at the net. Defensively, besides Dominguez and Jones, David Reyes, Jesus Baca, Gio Arriagia, Gerardo Fernandez and Jessica Brito all played roles in helping shutout the host Dragons.
The tie leaves the Vikings with a mark of 3-7-3, with the season’s final game set for Thursday night at Valley against arch-rival Rochester. The Vikings and Zebras played earlier this year with Rochester coming out on top 4-2. The unusual second game scheduled between the two rivals in the same season came about due to circumstances involving difficulty rescheduling matches that had been postponed earlier in the season because of COVID-19.
Culver Academy Boys 1, Lakeland Christian Academy 0
The visiting Eagles dominated the possession clock in a battle waged in Winona Lake. Culver Academy outshot their hosts 15-1 in the match, with Keegan Davis finding the net in the 23rd minute for the game’s only tally.
“Our goal was under a lot of pressure tonight, and I credit our backline led by Garrett McKeever and Landen Bremer for not giving Culver anything easy,” said Cougar head coach Dan Miller. “Peter Koller had a great game in goal, and despite not getting many chances Trey Avey was dangerous in attack. We were playing shorthanded tonight with only 12 players, but despite that we played hard for the entire eighty minutes. I’m seeing a lot of growth from our underclassman.”
LCA falls to 5-6-4 on the season with a final warmup before sectionals on Friday evening at Trinity in South Bend.
Warsaw Girls 2, Fort Wayne Carroll 2
The NLC champion Lady Tigers hosted Carroll in a non-conference battle Tuesday night. Trailing 2-1 with time ticking off the clock in the second half, Warsaw’s Zoe Bergan’s free kick found the net for the home team.
Warsaw came out strong in the first five minutes and created several scoring chances, but failed to capitalize early. The Chargers gained momentum throughout the first half and took a 1-0 into the break.
Warsaw senior Audrey Grimm took matters into her own hands as she scored her 18th goal of the season just two minutes into the second half, evening the score at 1-1. Carroll struck back and regained the lead with 16 minutes left in the game until Bergan’s equalizer.
The Tigers move to 8-5-2 on the season, 6-0 in the NLC, and will travel to Northridge Thursday to end their regular season schedule before entering the state tournament next week.
Northridge Boys 6, Wawasee 1
The Warriors travelled to Middlebury Tuesday night and came out on the short end of an NLC battle. The host Raiders scored three quick goals to take control of the match for the home side.
Northridge added its fourth goal early in the second period and added two more in the last three minutes of the match against the Warrior reserve back liners.
Alejandro Alonso assisted Ben Haines for Wawasee’s only score of the match. The Warriors record falls to 9-5-1 on the season, 2-3-1 in the NLC. They close out the regular season on Thursday in a NLC tilt at Plymouth.
Mishawaka Girls 4, Wawasee 1
The Lady Cavemen earned their first NLC win ever in a match played on the road at Wawasee. Stats were not provided for the game.
Wawasee’s record drops to 1-10-3, 0-6 in the NLC. They host NorthWood in the regular season finale Thursday night.