Warsaw Girls 3, Concord 0
Warsaw earned its second shutout of the week as the Lady Tigers defeated the Concord Minutemen 3-0. Concord came out defense early, pushing 10 of its’ 11 players on the field behind the ball at all times. Warsaw’s patience paid off when Corissa Koontz broke the scoreless tie with 3:17 left in the first half. Koontz’ shot from 30 yards out sailed over the Concord keeper and into the back of the net. Just over two minutes later, Rylee Burns would score a goal in similar fashion, putting the Lady Tigers up 2-0 heading into halftime.
The second half looked similar to the first, with Warsaw continuing to dominate possession and rack up the shots on goal. With 1:39 remaining in the game, Rylee Burns took a shot that was pushed away by Concord’s keeper, but Macy Wayne was there to clean up the rebound and put the Tigers up by three.
With the win, Warsaw moves to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the NLC. They will return to action Monday when they host Northrop. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.
In the JV matchup, the Lady Tigers exploded for 7 goals as Warsaw downed Concord 7-0.
“I thought our defense played very well tonight,” said Warsaw coach Jon Hoover. “Jada Swanson returned from injury for Concord, but I thought our defense did a good job keeping her in check. Teams are ‘sitting in’ against us, doing what they can to keep us from scoring and using a counter attack as their source of offense. Our group was very patient and didn’t panic throughout the first half. We probably had 75-80% of the possession tonight, but our time on the ball wasn’t wasted. Concord stayed disciplined in their shell, so our crew worked hard, made the defense work side to side, and problem-solved well. It was a good win against a Concord team that is getting better and better and healthier as the season goes along.”
NorthWood Girls 1, John Glenn 0
The Panthers stepped out of conference play Thursday to travel to Walkerton for its annual match with John Glenn.
The two teams battled to a scoreless draw for the first 77 minutes of the match. With a little less than three minutes left on the clock, NorthWood junior Caitlin Knepp took advantage of a failed attempt by a Falcon defender to clear the ball from the goal box. Knepp took the ball on one hop and one-timed a left-footed chip shot past the John Glenn keeper.
The visitors were able to bleed off the last minutes of the scoreboard to take home the win. The Panthers’ junior keeper Carly Mast, assisted by a solid NorthWood back line, kept another clean sheet to help the team move to 3-1-1 on the season.
NorthWood will travel to Jimtown on Saturday morning for another non-conference tilt.
NorthWood Boys 1, Elkhart Christian Academy 1
The Panthers and Eagles went 80 minutes to finish in a 1-1 draw. Statistics for the match, which was contested in Elkhart, were not available.
Wawasee Boys 1, Lakeland 0
Wawasee also stepped out of NLC play to take on the Lakers. Xavier Washington was credited with the Warrior goal in the second half, assisted by Rueben Camargo.
The win boosted the team record to 4-5 on the season.
“The Warriors had possession and created many chances,” said coach Jordan Sharp. “Good work from the boys. It took a while to get them comfortable to score, but we got the result.”
Wawasee will take the weekend off before traveling to Bremen next Monday.
Marion Boys 4, Tippecanoe Valley 3
Tippecanoe Valley hosted Marion Thursday in non-conference action. Marion knocked off Valley 4-3 in a tough, hard-fought game. The contest seesawed back and forth, before Marion got the game winner with roughly seven minutes to play.
Valley had multiple opportunities to score throughout the contest but only found the net three times. Jon Ruiz, Caleb Petgen and Kevin Mar all scored for the 2-5-1 Vikings. Valley plays host to Culver this Monday night at 5:30 p.m.
Penn Boys 4, Warsaw 1
In a battle of non-conference big schools, the host Kingsmen defeated the Tigers 4-1. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime, after which Penn took control of the match, scoring all three goals in the second half.
Additional statistics were not provided.