BY TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — 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.
With her hat trick, Rees moved to 98 goals for her career.
”We started out a little sluggish [against Northwestern on Tuesday] but [Wednesday] we started out quick, scored about three minutes into the game. We established ourselves pretty well,” Eastern coach Chris Rees said. “I was able to get everybody in and it was a well-played game.”
Taylor wins in shootout
Taylor (1-4-1, 1-2 MIC) got its first win of the season, and its first win in the MIC by scoring three goals in the shootout to defeat Peru.
The score was tied 1-1 after regulation and the two overtimes, before McKenna Deckard, Lauren Shively and Savannah Delgado each scored a goal in the shootout. Goalie Lydia Owens added two saves.
In regulation, Peru scored first with 2:59 left in regulation, and Delgado tied it with 1:30 left in the game. Owens had 12 saves in regulation.
Hamilton Heights 15, Maconaquah 0
Goalie Erin Orttel had 13 saves for Maconaquah.
TAYLOR 4, HAMILTON HTS. 1
Taylor had to dig itself out of some holes in order to get its first win in the MIC. The Titans (3-1, 1-1 MIC) won two of the three singles matches in straight sets, but its third match had to go to a second-set tie-breaker for his win.
Taylor’s No. 1 singles player Jack Lipchik won 6-4, 6-2, and the No. 3 singles player Casey Glick took his match 6-1, 6-3. It was No. 2 singles player Camden Kimbler who won 6-2, 7-6 (7-1).
The Titans’ No. 1 doubles team of Cole Schroeder and Austin Douglas won in three sets 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5).
“This was by far our most challenging match of the season, and we rose to the occasion,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “The No. 1 doubles team came back from five down in the last set to get it to the tie-breaker. Kimbler came back from a 5-0 deficit in the second set to win, and Lipchick had an excellent match.”
WESTERN 5, CARROLL 0
Western breezed right through singles play, then the doubles teams had to rally to get the shutout.
The Panthers’ No. 1 singles player Judson Quinn and No. 2 singles player Brody Worl didn’t give up a game in each winning 6-0, 6-0. No. 3 singles player John Sullivan won in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
The Panthers’ No. 1 doubles team of Justin Groothuis and Vito Pulverenti won in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, and the No. 2 doubles team of Luke Florek and Kaleb Howard were tops 7-5, 6-0.
“I was real happy with singles play,” Western coach Andrew Miller said. “Out of three singles [matches], we only lost two games. I was very pleased to see Sullivan get his first win. Doubles got off to a slow start. We finished very well. I was very pleased with it.”
Maconaquah 3, Eastern 2
The host Braves edged the Comets by sweeping doubles and taking a three-set point at No. 2 singles.
Ian Morris won that No. 2 singles match for the Braves 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. The No. 1 doubles team of Adam Harts and Nick Love won 6-2, 6-1. And the No. 2 doubles team of Jarrod Alspaugh and Bryce Pond won 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
For Eastern, Logan Colwell won the No. 1 singles point 6-3, 6-2, and Robbie Walling won at 3 singles 6-2, 6-2. Eastern fell to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the MIC.
”Logan and Robbie played really well at 1 and 3 singles,” Eastern coach Nick Sale said. “We were without our No. 3 singles player, Austin Chase, and we had to shuffle around the lineup. I thought the guys responded pretty well. Playing close matches like this get you more prepared for the postseason. [I’m] disappointed we lost the first conference game, but we’ll bounce back.”
North Central 5, Kokomo 0
The Wildkats fell at state superpower North Central. Brad Dockemeyer and Erik Bowen lost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles for the Wildkats’ closest point. Kokomo fell to 3-4.
”I felt like our boys fought hard against one of the state’s top teams,” Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary said. “Our boys fought and played hard and conducted themselves well. We had them rattled at two spots. That only happens if you’re doing good things. We’re making progress and have to keep getting better.”
NW 163, Kokomo 189
Northwestern’s Alexis Hungate and Ashton Martin both shot 2-over par 38s to share medalist honors on the back side of Green Acres. Olivia McClure added a 42 and Karlie Shaw and Ava McClure both shot 45s. Northwestern improved to 9-0 in dual action.
“Every labor day weekend I challenge the Northwestern team with so many balls to hit or hours to play,” NW coach Randy Lindgren said. “This year’s challenge was to play 600 minutes for the weekend. The top five did it. Because of that effort, you can see how their scores have been reduced. 163 is very similar to a very good boys team score. Those are excellent scores and it’s indicative of their character and dedication to the program.”
AnneMarie Balsbaugh led Kokomo with a 41, Jenny Oldaker shot 47, Katy Volikas shot 50, and Lucy Mavrick shot 51.
Tipton 187, Maconaquah 193, Taylor 195
Maconaquah (6-7) shot its second-best score, and Taylor shot its best score of the season while playing at Tipton Municipal Golf Course.
Both Maconaquah coach Chris Percival and Taylor coach Justin Palmer was pleased with their team scores.
“We had our second-best round of the year with shooting a 193,” Percival said. “The team hit their irons very well, but struggled to get used to the quick greens.”
Palmer added, “I was extremely impressed with how well the girls played, and they deserved to come out on top. I especially want to send a huge congrats to Brie Boehler, who shot a career-best 45. She played a terrific round of golf. Great effort and the girls should be proud of [themselves].”
Brandi Jones led Maconaquah with a 41 followed by Katelyn Turcheck (47), Hayley Williamson (51) and Courtney Turcheck (54).
Boehler led Taylor with 45. Daysi Jarvis added 47, followed by Ashley Fritsch (50) and Lexi Davis (53).
Tipton def. Taylor 25-8, 25-17, 25-20
Taylor got stronger as the games progressed, but came up short.
“[I] was pleased with the team’s effort and bouncing back from a lackluster performance [Tuesday],” Taylor coach Denise Leicht said. “The team came together, and played inspired volleyball against a very talented Tipton team. We were more focused and played with some intensity. The key is becoming more consistent night in and night out.”
Ashleigh Till led with 20 serve receptions and three kills. Kim Seal added 11 serve receptions and three kills and Katelyn Ducan came up with 11 serve receptions.