Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


September 27, 2013

Purple Tigers sweep Bengals to even record

Western boys top Peru in MIC soccer.


Goalie Lydia Owens was credited with 26 saves. Lauren Shively and Christina Sholty were noted for their strong defensive play.


Cha Nam-Arsa scored Mac’s goal on an assist from Brynna Richard. Mac goalie Erin Orttel was credited with 23 saves.



Zac Simpson and Chris Root scored in the first half and Jordan Roe netted Western’s goal in the second half as the Panthers improved to 7-2-1 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Indiana Conference. Mason May, Roe, and Noel Ives had assists and Bryce Campbell had a pair of saves.

“The whole team defense, everybody did a nice job of pressing at the right time and we shifted well and covered,” Western coach Mike Roe said of his squad’s shutout. “Conner Hill, at defensive mid, and [Nick] Downing on defense were just solid. Brady Crowell had a very nice game at left back.”



Craig Simon took the Wildkats’ lone win, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 singles. The No. 2 doubles team of Joey Hurlicker and Jake Farkas fell in three sets, while No. 2 singles player Bryce York and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Erik Bowen and Brad Dockemeyer each fell in 7-5 second sets.

Kokomo fell to 5-12 on the season.

“Our schedule is designed to help the team,” Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary said. “Every year in the past it’s been good for us. It’s been tough after losing six seniors from last year’s team. Our schedule is as deep as it’s been since I’ve been coaching here, and mixed with our lack of experience, it’s made for a tough record. But, the competition has helped make us sharper. We’ve had some close matches, some opportunities, but couldn’t quite get over the hump. [Wednesday] night was much the same way.”

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