Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


September 1, 2013

Panther athletes make waves

Grider sets course record at Oakbrook; Western boys soccer reaches final


“Taryn broke our school record. The old record was 20:00 so she broke that by 35 seconds,” NW coach Dave Stevens said. “I’m not disappointed in the girls’ performance. We ran really hard this week.”



Western (4-0-1) will be playing Mishawaka in the championship game of the invitational on Monday after beating Michigan City Marquette 4-0, and tying host Plymouth 2-2 in two games.

In the game against Marquette, Mason May led Western with two goals, and Jordan Roe and Chris Carter each added a goal. Nick Bewley, Zac Simpson and Nick Downing each had assists, and Panthers goalie Edgar Sanchez came up with five saves.

Downing and Roe each scored a goal in the tie against Plymouth. May added an assist, and Sanchez had nine saves.

“The whole team effort was awesome,” Western coach Mike Roe said. “Both games we played were like a highlight reel. The Boys passed the ball well. It was a great opportunity for us.”


Jordan VanMater scored the winner deep in the second half on a feed from Darren Bellow to lift the Comets to victory. Delon Tuggle had seven saves in the nets for Eastern.

“[Carroll is a] tough team over here, they’ve got a really good goalie,” Eastern coach John VanMatre said. “We had several good opportunities and he did a great job stopping us. They had several good looks also. All seven of the stops Dalon had we needed. It was a tough battle. We didn’t score til three minutes left in the game.”



Kokomo (2-2, 0-1 NCC) battled back from a 3-0 halftime deficit, but it wasn’t enough in a one-goal loss.

“We were constantly down on Richmond’s side of its goal 80-percent of the time,” Kokomo coach Kevin Duggins said. “We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities, and Richmond did. We are a little rusty right now.”

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