Northwestern improved to 2-0 in the Mid-Indiana Conference and 5-1 overall by defeating Western in a shootout in boys soccer action Wednesday.
Northwestern and Western were tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. The Tigers won the game by outscoring the Panthers 3-2 in the shootout.
Blaine Brutus scored two goals in regulation and Robert Olsen one for the Tigers. Then, Brutus, Olsen and Spencer Lubben converted in the penalty shootout.
Brutus, Olsen and Jacob Wagner each had an assist. Goalie Grant Condon had five saves, and Evan LaDow also had five saves and came up big in the shootout.
“It was the usual Northwestern-Western battle,” Northwestern coach Jim Wagner said. “It was physical well played game. It came down to a shootout. I was proud of the boys for hanging in there, and seeing the game through to the end. Condon was injured with 20 minutes left in regulation. LaDow came in cold, and played well for us. He did a fantastic job.”
Western coach Mike Roe agreed with coach Wagner.
“Obviously a tough loss,” Roe said. “Northwestern played a great game. We were lucky to play in the shoot out. They did a good job of possessing the ball. We were uncharacteristic playing out of sync, and definitely, not our best game. We will make some adjustments, fix some things and go from there.”
Chris Root led Western (4-2, 1-1 MIC) with two goals. Chris Carter added a goal in regulation and a penalty kick in the shootout. Cody Hill also had a penalty kick in the shootout. Jordan Roe had two assists, and Conner Hill had an assist.
Edgar Sanchez ended up with two saves in regulation and four saves in overtime.
Eastern 6, Muncie Burris 1
Savannah Rees scored three goals, Elena White scored twice and Brittany Miller scored once as the Comets rolled in Muncie. Sam Ward, Marissa Evenson and Sara Snyder each had assists. Brooke Stout had two saves as Eastern improved to 6-1.