Westview Boys 7, Wawasee 2
In a battle of Warriors, Wawasee hosted Westview Tuesday evening to kick off the 2021 soccer campaign. The boys in green fell behind 5-0 in the first half en route to a 7-2 loss to their guests from Topeka.
Warrior goals were scored in the second half by junior Isaac Hodges on a free kick and junior Rueben Camargo, who was assisted by Xavier Washington.
“We showed signs of togetherness but too late,” said Warrior coach Jordan Sharp. “In the game, Westview showed their class and blew by our goalkeeper in the first half, making any comeback challenging.”
Westview also took the JV contest, 7-0.
Wawasee will take to the pitch again next Monday, playing host to South Bend Riley.
Caston Boys 4, Tippecanoe Valley 2
The opening game for the Tippecanoe Valley boys soccer team started with a bang, but ended with a thud. The Vikings lost to Caston 4-2 to open the 2021 soccer campaign.
Junior Jon Ruiz opened the scoring for Valley on a beautiful shot outside the 18, as he beat the Caston goalie by placing the ball in the far upper left corner of the net. Sophomore Carson Craft made it 2-0 Vikings at the 20-minute mark, and things were looking good for the Vikings at that point.
In the next few minutes that followed, Valley had a couple of other excellent chances but were unable to extend the 2-0 margin. The game turned with about 10 minutes left in the half. Caston took advantage of an opportunity as they scored on a break away and sliced the Valley lead in half as the Vikings nursed a 2-1 lead into intermission.
The second half essentially belonged to the Comets. They tied the score at 2-2 at the 45 minute mark of the game and controlled possession for much of the rest of the contest. The heat and humidity took a toll on Valley as multiple players dealt with leg cramps, while Caston handled the steamy night extremely well.
“Overall we did some very good things,” said Vikings head coach Andy Luce. “We need to build on the positive and correct the errors.”
The Vikings have very little time to recover. In less than 48 hours, they host NorthWood ‘s junior varsity squad at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Elkhart Christian Academy Boys 1, Lakeland Christian Academy 0
The visiting Cougars hit the road for their season opener, traveling north to visit the Elkhart Christian Academy Eagles. LCA came up short, losing 1-0 to their hosts. ECA outshot their guests 7-5. Cougar keeper Peter Koller stopped six Eagle attempts during the match.
“It was a tough start to our season,: said LCA head coach Dan Miller. “We were playing through some injuries and the guys gutted through some difficult game circumstances. Peter Koller made a few great saves in goal, and Nate Reimink played an excellent all-around game. There was a lot to build on from tonight, and I believe we can grow from this result.”
LCA will host North Miami at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Warsaw Boys 4, Argos 0
In a non-conference battle, the host Tigers defeated Argos Tuesday night to even their overall record at 1-1.
Warsaw got scores from Johnathon West, Noah VanPluffelen and two from Roberto Sanchez. Miles Burkholder had the clean sheet in net against the defending Class 1-A state finalists.
Warsaw won the JV contest 6-0. The Tigers had goals from Lukas Moody, Marcelo Cuahuizo, Benjamin Rodriguez, Mason Smythe, David Montoya and Christian Malagon. Nehemiah Wright and Raul Carbajal combined on the shutout in net.
Grace Men 3, Trinity International 0
The 2021 season for Grace’s men’s soccer team started in impressive fashion with a 3-0 win over Trinity International on Tuesday.
The Lancers’ three goals were scored by newcomers, netting all three after halftime.
Grace finished the match with a 16-7 advantage in shot attempts and a 9-3 edge in shots on goal. Martim Cardoso took the spotlight, scoring twice in his Lancer debut.
The first half belonged almost entirely to Grace. The Lancers dominated possession, and every threatening chance came from Grace.
Cardoso nearly opened his scoring account with Grace in spectacular fashion during the first half. His attempted overhead bicycle kick sailed wide of the net during one of Grace’s initial chances.
Felipe Gruber kept the Trojans’ defense on edge throughout the first half as well. During one occasion, Gruber masterfully weaved through the entire TIU defense before his low shot was saved in front of goal.
Grace was unable to produce a goal before halftime, however. The Lancers had a 7-0 edge in shots and 7-0 edge in corner kicks in the first half but settled for the scoreless draw.
The Trojans seemed to awake from their slumber to begin the second half. TIU was offensively aggressive for the first 15 minutes after halftime, quickly trying five shots which were mostly outside the 18-yard box.
But Grace weathered the change of momentum and capitalized on its first shot of the second half.
Daniel Santos Rosa picked out Ze Maria Goncalves on the right side of the box. Goncalves found space between a pair of defenders and slotted a pass to Cardoso, who placed his shot above the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.
In the 79th minute, Cardoso scored again. Goncalves jumpstarted the attack with a leading pass to Jules Peycelon. Peycelon delivered a cross into the box, and Cardoso volleyed a low drive inside the right post for an insurance goal.
The exclamation point came in the final three minutes. Grace completed a clinical set piece, using two quick passes from Peycelon and Korry Hamlin to set up Bailey Whalley for a close-range finish in front of the goal.
Goncalves and Peycelon finished with two assists apiece to go along with Cardoso’s two-goal performance.
The Lancers will remain at home on Saturday for a doubleheader with Grace’s women’s squad. The women host Saint Mary at 12 p.m. followed by the men against Lawrence Tech at 2 p.m.