Warsaw Girls 2, NorthWood 0
The Warsaw Lady Tigers travelled to NorthWood Thursday and came away with a 2-0 victory. Goalkeeper Ellie Schenk earned her second clean sheet of the season.
Bonnie Hampton opened the scoring with 17 minutes remaining in the first half. Sam Aalbue found Hampton with a through ball behind the defense, leaving Hampton to find the one-on-one with Panther goalkeeper Carly Mast.
Warsaw would find its insurance goal when Corissa Koontz found the side netting in the second half off a pass from teammate Rylee Burns.
NorthWood, playing its first game of the 2021 season, found it difficult to penetrate the Warsaw back line. The Panthers were playing without their leading scorer from last year, Caitlin Knepp, who is recovering from a leg injury suffered earlier this summer.
The Tigers move to 4-1 on the season, 2-0 in NLC play. They return to the field Saturday as they travel to Fort Wayne to take on Bishop Dwenger.
In the JV match, Warsaw shutout NorthWood 3-0.
Warsaw Boys 4, Plymouth 1
In the battle of US 30, the host Tigers took an important NLC battle against their guests from Plymouth.
Warsaw goals were netted by Dennis Hernandez. Noah VanPuffelen. Javier Enciso and Lewis Turley. Miles Burkholder turned in some great saves in goal, including a successful PK save in the second half.
The win moved Warsaw to 4-1 overall, 1-0 in the NLC.
The JV Tigers also won their match, 2-1.
Culver Academy Boys 6, Wawasee 0
The Warriors took the bus to Culver but came home empty handed, dropping the non-conference match the the Eagles 6-0.
Wawasee managed seven attempts on goal but fell to 1-2 on the young season.
“We fought hard against a tough Culver side,” said coach Jordan Sharp. “We struggled to connect passes and have the whole team connected. We’re looking to bounce back Saturday against West Noble.”
Tippecanoe Valley Boys 2, Caston 2
The Valley boys soccer team traveled to Caston Thursday for a rematch against the Comets. Last week, Caston got the better of the Vikings 4-2, so Valley had revenge on their minds.
The two teams battled 80 minutes to a 2-2 tie. Caston opened the scoring 11 minutes into the game and held the 1-0 lead for about 10 minutes. Valley midfielder Jon Ruiz, scored for the fourth consecutive game as he converted a penalty kick to tie it at 1-1. With 12 minutes left in the half, Valley had a breakdown on defense that resulted in a Caston goal and a halftime lead of 2-1.
Following the intermission, as the second half began, the Vikings suffered a couple of injuries. Ruiz went down with a knee injury and Carson Craft reinjured his lower back, which put the Vikings back on their heels. However, role players Aiden Kohler, Denver Wilson and Kolton Seaney all played significant roles in the second half helping Valley,
Gerardo Fernandez, Gerardo Hernandez and David Murietta tightened up the defense in helping keeper Dawson Perkins prevent any further scoring by the Comets.
With 19 minutes to play, Gio Arriagia scored to knot the game at 2-2.
“Arriagia continues to play at a high level, and has quickly established himself as a key defender as well as an offensive threat,” said Viking coach Andy Luce. “Both teams had opportunities in the final few minutes to take the lead, but the defenses held and the game ended in a tie.”
Next up for Valley is Manchester at home beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Bethany Christian Boys 6, Lakeland Christian Academy 0
The visiting Cougars could find no relief in their visit to Goshen to take on Bethany Christian.
The Bruins opened up a 5-0 before the halftime whistle blew and were able to put in in cruise control during the second stanza to complete the shutout. Bethany Christian outshot their guests 14-0 on the evening.
“We had a poor stretch of play to end the first half and Bethany took advantage like good teams do,” said LCA coach Dan Miller. “We didn’t compete well in the first half, but we played much harder and better in the second half.”
The win was the first on the season for Bethany while LCA dropped to 1-2. The Cougars will next play at home against Winamac at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Northridge Boys 4, NorthWood 1
The NLC rivals battled to a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes of play, but the host Raiders would prove too much for the Panthers in the second half. scoring the last three goals of the contest.
NorthWood’s lone marker came off the foot of sophomore Carlos Alvarez, with an assist credited to classmate Grant Miller.
The Panthers fell to 2-2, 0-1 in conference play. They next host Concord at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
Wawasee Girls 3, Bethany Christian 3
The Lady Warriors welcomed Bethany Christian to Syracuse on Thursday. The teams finished in a 3-3 draw in the non-conference match.
Statistics were not provided.
St. Thomas Men 2, Grace College 1
Grace College’s men’s soccer team nearly pulled off a marquee upset, falling 2-1 to No. 7 St. Thomas in overtime on Thursday. Felipe Gruber put the Lancers ahead early, but Grace surrendered an equalizer late.
From the opening kickoff the Bobcats looked the part of a top-10 team. The Lancers were hemmed into their defensive end as St. Thomas had three shots and two corners in the opening 12 minutes. After withstanding the early onslaught, the Lancers earned their first offensive chance. Ze Maria Goncalves managed to gain a corner kick for Grace, which paid off with an opening goal.
Frederik Christmann sent a beautiful cross into the box that was tactfully headed into the net by Gruber to give the Lancers a 1-0 advantage in the 14th minute.
Ten minutes after their first goal, the Lancers came close to doubling their lead. Taking advantage of a long pass on the counter attack, Gruber sent a through pass that found a streaking Martim Cardoso. Cardoso was just denied his fifth goal of the season by a sliding defender.
Matteo Conci was tested often in the first half, but his best effort came after a Bobcat player found space on the left side of the box. A shot forced a leaping save from Conci to keep the Grace advantage at 1-0. Grace was tested one more time before the close of the first half but did not surrender a goal.
The Lancers held a 1-0 lead heading into the intermission. Conci made four saves in the opening half. Grace’s only shot on goal during the half was Gruber’s headed goal.
Just two minutes into the second half, Grace nearly struck again. A misplayed ball from the Bobcats’ defense allowed Jordan Jayapuram to get behind the defense, but his shot was fought off by the STU keeper.
The Lancers began to take control of the pace early in the second half with a pair of opportunities. Ethan Vigario found an opening and sliced a ball just off the near post. Another Grace scoring opportunity was ended by a dangerous tackle that drew a yellow card.
The game would devolve into a midfield battle as neither team could put together any sustained pressure, and the physical play escalated. The two teams combined for eight yellow cards by the final whistle.
With 20 minutes left in regulation, the Bobcats tried a shot that sailed just over Grace’s goal. Minutes later, Goncalves received the ball 40 yards out from goal with just the keeper to beat. Goncalves made his run at the goal, but his shot was pushed just wide of the net.
In the closing minutes, STU had a final chance to keep the match going. A Bobcat player completed a clever move in the box, slicing in a shot as he fell to the ground to make the score 1-1 with just three minutes remaining. Neither side could find a goal after the equalizer, sending the game into overtime.
In extra time, it took just 45 seconds for the Bobcats to find a golden goal winner. A shot from the top of the box snuck into the goal, allowing the No. 7-ranked Bobcats to escape with a 2-1 win.
Goncalves and Cardoso each tried two shots. Conci made five saves in goal for Grace. For the game, the Bobcats held a narrow 12-9 edge in shots. Grace outshot STU 6-4 in the second half.
This contest marked the beginning of a four-game road trip for Grace that will see them play three top-25 opponents. The Lancers will stay in Lakeland, Fla., to play Southeastern at 2:30 p.m. Saturday .