NorthWood Girls 4, Jimtown 0
The Panthers were in control from start to finish, making easy work of the ladies from Baugo. Freshman defender Haylee Heflin scored the first two goals of her high school career, including a banger from 20 yards out that caught upper 90.
Junior Ari Topping was credited with the other two goals, including an penalty kick in the final minutes of the match. Topping, Morgan Jenkins and Caitlin Knepp each tallied an assist.
NorthWood moves to 4-1-1 on the season and will host Mishawaka in an NLC contest Tuesday evening.
Zionsville Boys 5, NorthWood 1
Argos Boys 2, NorthWood 1
It was a rough couple of matches for the 2A No. 15 Panthers at the Argos Invitational on Saturday afternoon. At last years tournament, the Panthers knocked off Zionsville, which at the time was the defending state champion. No such luck this year, as the 3A No. 16 Eagles raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead and were ahead 5-0 before NorthWood’s Solomon Yegon found the net.
in the consolation game, Argos defeated NorthWood 2-1 to the host Dragons.
The Panthers will re-enter NLC play with a tough match at Warsaw on Tuesday.
Caston Boys 3, Lakeland Christian Academy 2
The visiting Comets came to Winona Lake Saturday and left with the W.
LCA ‘s Andrew Bosch started the scoring in the 14th minute, assisted by Trey Avey. Caston answered with a goal by Zach Rogers in the 34th minute, which was quickly answered by the Cougars’ Landen Bremer three minutes later, giving LCA a 2-1 lead going into halftime.
Caston would score the only two goals in the second half to win the match. They would outshoot their host 14-5 on the day.
“We played well in the first half, but let down in the first 20 minute of the second half, said LCA coach Dan Miller. Credit Caston for playing extremely hard throughout the whole game. Landen Bremer’s free kick goal was a spectacular goal, and it was good to get Micah Burns back for today’s game. There are many lessons that we can take away from today’s loss.”
LCA falls to 2-6 on the season and will travel to Culver Community for a 5 p.m. match on Tuesday.
Elkhart Christian Academy Girls 6, Lakeland Christian Academy 2
LCA hosted Elkhart Christian Academy on Saturday. The visiting Eagles came out the aggressor in the first half with speed by their front line. The continued pressure and were able to get some quality chances. They capitalized on a shot off the side to take a 1-0 lead. The Cougars would generate a couple opportunities but were unable to convert. ECA scored later in the first half to take 2-0 lead.
LCA came out harder in the second half finding some rhythm. Lauren Grose would steal the ball from a defender and scored to cut the lead in half. ECA increased the lead back to two on a goal. LCA keeper, Finely Hobbs, was injured with about 20 mins to go in the game where the ECA player was issued a yellow card.
ECA was able to get score two more goals before Grose netted her second of the game. Late in the game ECA tacked on a another goal which ended the scoring of the game.
“The first half effort just wasn’t there,” said Cougar coach Nat Raber. “We really didn’t do ourselves any favors. The second half effort was a lot better. We had energy and an early goal by Lauren sparked our play for a bit. The whole game was very physical which I think led to Finley getting hurt. Dayton did a good job a good job filling in and the rest of the team fought hard to rally around her as that was her first action in net ever.”
LCA fell to 2-4 on the season and will host Blackford HS at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Grace College Women 1, University of Northern Ohio 0
A late winner gave No. 15 Grace’s women’s soccer team a marquee Top-25 victory on Saturday. Aitana Arguis scored the game winner with five minutes left in regulation, lifting Grace to a 1-0 win at No. 24 Northwestern Ohio.
“I’ve been so blessed and proud of these women for their resilience and flexibility. We’ve had trying times these last 10 days, and I’m not sure anyone outside of our camp can fully appreciate today’s win,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss.
Grace’s defense was impenetrable on the windy afternoon, despite the team playing at less than full strength. The Racers had only two shots on goal in the full 90 minutes. Bethany Blackwood recorded the shutout in goal by making two saves. She was protected well by the backline of Amber Meade, Erin Crew, Arguis and Kimberly Aalbue.
Grace earned the first shot of the match when Danae Moriarty’s attempt was saved. The Racers had more chances in the half after Moriarty’s shot, but Grace’s defense largely kept UNOH in check. The teams were scoreless as the match reached halftime.
Grace began the second half on a dynamic note. The Lady Lancers pinned the Racers in their defensive end for the first 25 minutes of the half, producing a number of strong chances. With 22 minutes left in regulation, Grace’s possession produced a 1-on-1 with UNOH’s goalkeeper. But Izzy Fenn’s shot whisked wide of the goal.
Madison Tuma also had a shot on goal saved early in the second half. With six minutes left, Tuma had another shot blocked after a strong build-up by Grace’s attack. The goal eventually came from an unlikely play in the 86th minute. The Racers cleared a ball into the midfield toward Arguis. Arguis then lofted a high cross into the penalty box. UNOH’s goalkeeper misjudged the ball, allowing it to bounce untouched into the back of the net.
The Racers were unable to generate a shot over the final nine minutes of regulation; UNOH managed just one shot total over the last 25 minutes of the match.
“We had eight players unavailable for today’s match and played literally every available field player. We made significant adjustments, and new players stepped up. Kim, Betsy, Emma, Izzy and Ashley all played important roles and added quality to the pitch,” Voss continued. “We beat a fierce No. 24-ranked team today, and the way we played with perseverance was very encouraging.”
The Lady Lancers remain on the road Wednesday for a match at Rochester. Grace’s next home outing is Sept. 18 against No. 12 Columbia.
Grace College Men 4, Cornerstone 0
Coming off a string of disappointing ranked defeats, Grace’s men’s soccer team flexed its muscles on Saturday. The Lancers erupted offensively, routing Cornerstone 4-0 at 1st Source Bank Field.
Grace had four different goalscorers in the contest with Ethan Vigario and Martim Cardoso each recording a goal and an assist.
The match kickoff was delayed 45 minutes due to transportation issues from the Golden Eagles, and the slow start seemed to follow Cornerstone on the pitch.
Grace shined during the opening minutes, putting Cornerstone into an early hole. The opening goal came on the first shot attempt. Grace intercepted the ball deep in CU’s territory in the fourth minute. TJ White picked out Cardoso in a dangerous position, and Cardoso clinically finished past the goalkeeper.
Cardoso nearly scored minutes later on a similar play, but his shot was saved. Ten minutes after Cardoso’s miss, Grace doubled its lead. The Lancers attacked rapidly, and Cardoso picked out Vigario, who curled his shot past the goalkeeper.
Felipe Gruber had a shot that clanged off the goalpost, and Vigario also had an effort hit the crossbar.
The Lancers found their third goal midway into the first half. Vigario assisted Marco Poliani for a goal in his Lancer home debut, lifting Grace to a 3-0 advantage.
The fourth goal of the half came after a perfectly located long pass from Frederik Christmann. The pass connected with a speeding Connor Pugh, who blasted his shot into the net. The Lancers claimed a dominant 4-0 lead at halftime. Grace was lethal with its attempts, making four of its nine shots in the half.
Grace showcased its possession to begin the second half. The Lancers moved the ball fluidly across the pitch, rarely allowing the Golden Eagles time on the ball. As the half wore on, both teams used their substitutes liberally. Cornerstone had seven shot attempts after halftime, but most were outside the penalty box.
Neither side was able to find the back of the net again in the second half, resulting in the final 4-0 scoreline. Matteo Conci recorded six saves to register the shutout in goal for Grace.
The Lancers are at home again two times next week. Grace hosts Madonna on Wednesday at 5 p.m. before a clash with No. 5 Columbia at noon Saturday.