Warsaw Boys 9, Lafayette Jefferson 0
The host Tigers stepped on the gas pedal and never let off, in a no-doubt 9-0 blanking of the visiting Bronchos.
Roberto Sanchez potted four goals while Alexis Vargas added two. Javier Enciso. Noah Van Puffelen Julian Saldivar each added a tally to round out the scoring.
The JV Tigers also whitewashed Lafayette Jeff 9-0 to complete the sweep. The freshman squad split a pair of Saturday matches, defeating Goshen 4-0 and falling to Elkhart 2-1.
The varsity and JV will travel to Huntington North for non-conference battles on Tuesday evening.
NorthWood Boys finish second in Panther Invitational
In the first official games in the post-Brad Duerksen era of NorthWood boys soccer, the preseason 2A #6 Panthers split their contests on their home pitch, defeating Bremen 1-0 in the opening round before falling to 2A #4 4-1 in the Panther Invitational’s championship match.
The first game was not without drama, however, as an equalizing goal by Bremen was waived of by an offsides call that was disputed by the Bremen bench and faithful. The Panthers lone goal hit the back of the net after a shot by freshman Dominic DeFreitas deflected off the back of a Lion defender and scooted past the keeper.
In the other opening round game, Marian defeated Western, setting up the title bout between the two ranked teams.
In the evening’s final, DeFreitas opened the scoring with a header that caromed past the Knights’ keeper. Unfortunately for the home team, that was their only goal of the night, as Marian rattled off the next four goals, all before the halftime whistle blew. Neither team could find paydirt in the second half, leading to a 4-1 victory for the guests.
NorthWood (1-1) will travel to NLC rival Northridge on Thursday evening to open their conference schedule.
Lakeland Christian Academy 5, North Miami 1
The Cougars took care of their guests from North Miami on Saturday, Trey Avey scored a hat trick with goals in the 14th, 19th and 35th minutes of the match. Zeb Stills, Malachi Wiley and Landen Bremer each added a tally to help the cause, with the last two coming on penalty kicks.
Assists in the match were credited to Bremer, Peter Koller, Nate Reimink and Avey. Braden Weirick earned the win in goal for LCA, stopping 9 shots.
“We played a really good first half, the guys were challenged to carry over the intensity and tactics from training into the match,” noted LCA coach Dan Miller. “The team responded well and all three seniors had a part in setting the tone of match with Trey getting a hat-trick and Peter and Landen playing solid defense. Our young guys continue to improve. Sophomore Casen Vawter did a great job steadying our defense and earning a PK in the second half. Now we need to carry this momentum into a big conference match against Bethany on Thursday night.”
Warsaw girls win twice at Indian Invite
The Lady Tigers came away from the prestigious Indian Invite, hosted by South Bend St. Joseph High School.
On Friday evening, Warsaw dropped their match against the host Indians 4-1. Senior Corissa Koontz scored the Tigers’ lone goal.
Saturday’s fortunes were better for the black and orange, as the Tigers tallied a 6-0 victory over McCutcheon and a 2-1 win over South Bend Adams.
Juior Rylee Burns tallied a hat trick in the first game while Samantha Aalbue added two goals and Macy Wayne one. Against Adams, Warsaw goals were tallied by Koontz and Zoe Bergan.
Warsaw opens conference matches this week, hosting Plymouth on Tuesday and traveling to NorthWood on Thursday.
Westview Girls 8, Wawasee 0
Wawasee traveled to Westview for a non-conference tuneup on Saturday and came away on the short end of a 8-0 final. Statistics from the match were not provided.
The Lady Warriors will host North Manchester on Tuesday in a rematch of a pre-season game earlier this month.
Grace Women 6, St. Mary’s 0
The home opener for No. 14 Grace’s women’s soccer team was a definitive success. The Lady Lancers routed Saint Mary 6-0, scoring five goals before halftime at 1st Source Bank Field. Dana Moriarty scored two goals, and Madison Tuma tallied a goal and two assists.
Alexis Larimore and Tuma teamed up to start Grace’s scoring in the first 20 minutes. In the 18th minute, Tuma assisted Larimore for the game’s first goal with a sliding effort past the goalkeeper.
Three minutes later, Larimore returned the favor. Tuma finished off a quick attack with a left-footed effort into the net to give Grace a 2-0 lead. Moriarty added Grace’s third goal in the 25th minute when she placed a shot inside the left goalpost.
The Lady Lancers, who used their bench extensively in both halves, added two more goals before halftime.
In the 36th minute, Sam Vondersaar recorded her first collegiate goal. Ashley VandenBoom split the Flames’ defense with a pass in the penalty box. Vondersaar collected the pass, held off the defensive pressure and poked in her goal from close range.
Moriarty added her second goal of the half in the 42nd minute, finishing a cross from Sarah Casteel. Grace entered halftime with a commanding 5-0 lead. The Lady Lancers owned an 8-1 edge in shots and had the only two corner kicks of the half. Grace substituted liberally in the second half, using 13 subs overall in the contest.
The Lady Lancers tacked on their sixth and final goal seven minutes into the second half. Lea Moessinger and Tuma combined for a quick combination, setting up Tori Calizo in the box. Calizo shielded a strong challenge by a Flame defender and slotted her shot past the goalkeeper for the final 6-0 margin of victory. It marked Calizo’s first career goal.
The Lady Lancers will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., next Saturday for a contest at Point Park. Grace’s next home outing will be a Top 25 clash against No. 6 Southeastern on Sept. 4.
Grace Men 3, Lawrence Tech 1
A quick explosion on offense lifted Grace’s men’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over Lawrence Tech on Saturday. The Blue Devils scored first, but the Lancers had the final say with three goals after halftime.
The first half was largely a midfield battle. Each team had limited chances with only six shots attempted during the opening 45 minutes. The first shot of the match was Grace’s best look of the half. Thirteen minutes into the contest, Jules Peycelon unleashed a 30-yard strike that beat LTU’s goalkeeper but caromed off the crossbar. Grace’s only other shot of the half was an attempt from Tyler Brueckman off a corner kick that went wide.
LTU took the lead into halftime by netting one of its four shots. The Blue Devils scored in close range after a sustained run of play in Grace’s back end, accounting for three corner kicks in a two-minute span.
The Lancers seemed to be a new team after halftime. Grace threatened immediately as a shot in the opening seconds from Ethan Vigario bounced off the goalpost. Martim Cardoso missed the quick rebounded effort after Vigario’s miss.
Cardoso made good on his next attempt. Grace took a quick corner kick, and two fast passes from Jonny Mora and Flavio Cruz put Cardoso in a dangerous position in front of the goal. Cardoso thumped his shot past the goalkeeper to level the score 1-1.
Not long afterwards, Cardoso put Grace ahead. Blake Burns won possession for Grace deep in LTU’s end of the field. He passed to Mora who pinpointed a cross to Cardoso, and Cardoso volleyed in his shot in the 68th minute to give Grace the lead for good.
The Lancers found an insurance goal in spectacular fashion. Frederik Christmann and Brueckman connected on the right side of the field, and Brueckman passed to Ze Maria Goncalves inside the penalty box. Goncalves took care of the rest, carving out space for himself with a dribble and curving a shot off the left goalpost and into the net beyond the reach of the diving goalkeeper.
The Blue Devils did not have a response, allowing Grace to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Matteo Conci earned the win in goal for Grace, saving six shots in 90 minutes.
The Lancers have a challenging road trip ahead next week. Grace will travel to Florida to play No. 7 St. Thomas on Thursday and Southeastern on Saturday.