Tippecanoe Valley Boys 4, Wabash 3
After suffering two tough defeats to open the season, the Tippecanoe Valley boys soccer team opened up their conference portion of their schedule with a trip to Wabash. With the heat index north of 100 degrees, Valley hung tough and rallied past Wabash in the final minutes to take an exciting 4-3 victory.
Similar to their first two games, Valley jumped out quickly scoring a pair of goals in the first twenty minutes. Gio Arriagia opened the scoring with a beautiful shot from distance, and Tyler Jones added a goal to stake Valley to a 2-0 lead at the midway point of the first half. However, Wabash took advantage of a couple of Valley breakdowns to even the score at 2-2 just prior to intermission.
The two teams battled back and forth for the first thirty minutes of the second half. With roughly ten minutes remaining, Wabash went ahead 3-2 and Valley was staring a 0-3 record right in the face. However, the Vikings dug down and fought back quickly. With eight minutes to go, Jon Ruiz played a nice ball into the box, and Aiden Kohler was in the right spot at the right time. Kohler calmly took the Ruiz pass and easily beat the Wabash keeper to knot the score at 3-3. For the next six and a half minutes neither team threatened and it looked like the game was head to extra time.
Finally, with 1 minute and 45 seconds left in the game, Jones made a push to the goal with the ball and penetrated the box. As he made his move to goal, Jones was tripped from behind drawing a penalty. Leaving 90 seconds left in the game, Ruiz netted the penalty kick giving the Vikings a 4-3 advantage. Valley managed to run out the final seconds to secure win number one on the young season.
Next up for the 1-2 Vikings is a rematch at Caston this Thursday.
Warsaw Girls 3, Plymouth 1
The Lady Tigers defeated their guests from Plymouth in the conference opener for both squads. Abbi Kohler, Macy Wayne and Sam Aalbue all scored for the Tigers, which outshot the Pilgrims 23-3.
Warsaw continues their NLC slate with an away match on Thursday against NorthWood.
Wawasee Girls 1, Manchester 1
The host Warriors welcomed Manchester to Syracuse on Tuesday night for a non-conference tuneup.
Manchester took the lead halfway through the first half on a beautiful shot by Campbell Bolinger. The Squire defense played a tough game but Wawasee was able to break through in the final five minutes to even the score.
The Warriors moved to 0-3-1 on the young season. Next up is a Thursday non-conference tilt at Bethany Christian.
Warsaw Boys 2, Huntington North 1
The Tigers travelled to Huntington North for a non-conference match with the Vikings, coming home with a 2-1 victory to raise the team record to 3-1.
Warsaw goals were potted by Dennis Hernandez-Martinez and Noah VanPuffellen. Javier Enciso was credited with an assist.
Plymouth will visit Warsaw on Thursday evening for the NLC opener for both sides.