NorthWood Girls 1, Trinity Greenlawn 0
It was a war of attrition on the Wellfield Park pitch in Nappanee Monday evening with the host Lady Panthers outlasting the visiting Trinity Titans.
Much of the evening’s play was between the 18s as neither team was able to generate many clean scoring looks.
It wasn’t until 70th minute that the scoreless tie was broken. A Trinity penalty inside their own goal box set up a penalty kick opportunity for NorthWood. Junior Ari Topping was able to covert the try, scooting the ball past the goalie’s outstretched right arm.
The Panthers were able to kill the final 10 minutes to take the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
The game was literally put together this morning by NorthWood Assistant Athletic Director A.J. Risedorph. A game had been scheduled between the two schools’ junior varsity squads. The Panther varsity was planning to play Tippecanoe Valley, which had to back out of the contest because of COVID concerns. Late Monday morning, Trinity confirmed that it would also bring its varsity unit to make an evening doubleheader.
In the JV contest, the teams battled to a 1-1 draw.
NorthWood will return to conference play on Thursday when it hosts Northridge.
Mishawaka Boys 2, Wawasee 1
The Cavemen earned its first-ever outright Northern Lakes Conference victory in a win at Syracuse.
After earning a forfeit win a year ago against Warsaw as its first ‘official’ victory in the conference, the Cavemen put one on the pitch Monday at Wawasee. Using two second half goals, the Cavemen held off the Warriors in the final 40, which had a first half goal from Rueben Camargo.
Wawasee outshot Mishawaka 11-3 in the contest and had nine corner kicks.
“An embarrassing team performance,” stated Wawasee head coach Jordan Sharp. “Our boys lacked killer instinct. We settled for half chances instead of making extra effort to make the easy goal.”