Northwestern’s girls soccer squad scored a 6-1 home victory over Frankfort Thursday night with Kaitlyn Daanen, Brandi Harmon and Korey Price each netting two goals. Harmon, Price and Brook Treadway each supplied assists, and goalie Chloe Redman had a low-stress outing with two saves.
Northwestern coach Samantha Elkins said her team’s “possession and passing were very good” which gave the Purple Tigers (2-3) plenty of looks at the Frankfort goal.
“There was really improving flow for the game and a good opportunity for the girls to gain some confidence in front of the goal,” Elkins said. “That was great. We appreciate that.”
Western 10, Maconaquah 1
The Panthers put in a dominant performance to improve to 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in Mid-Indiana Conference play, building a 6-0 lead by the half.
Sarah Connolly led Western with four goals, while Emma Harbaugh and Abby Webster each added three goals and an assist.
Autumn Brady posted a pair of assists, while Courtney Pitzer and Chassidy Lenn both contributed an assist. Goalie Cybill Johnson posted three saves.
“We passed well and communicated well,” Western coach Nicole Jackson said. “It was good see [the Panthers] play their game and get back to their old selves. In the last nine seconds of the game [Maconaquah] had a high bouncer that went just out of the reach [Johnson]. She was disappointed because she wanted a shutout, but those things happen. We got excellent effort from the kids who came off the bench. Everyone that came in played hard.”
Jaleigha Stull scored Maconaquah’s goal on an assist from Fabiana Morandini.
WESTERN 8, MACONAQUAH 0
Mason May had a hand in five goals for the Panthers, who improved to 5-2-1 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-Indiana Conference after dropping a game to Northwestern in a penalty shootout the night before.
May scored twice and had three assists. Chris Root hit the net twice and also supplied an assist, Jordan Roe had a goal and an assist, and Edgar Sanchez, Alex Knight and Zac Simpson each struck once. Connor Hill added an assist. Sanchez had a save during his stint in goal in the first half, and Bryce Campbell had four saves in the second half.
“The boys played well,” Western coach Mike Roe said. “It was a good rebound from [Wednesday] night.”
FRANKFORT 4, EASTERN 0
Delon Tuggle had 17 stops for the Comets, who fell to 5-2 on the season.
“We knew they’re a tough team,” Eastern coach John VanMatre said. “They’re all juniors and seniors and it’s always a tough game when we play them and they’re having one of their better years. The boys played really well, they played tough. It’s good to see the amount of progress we’ve made as a team. A couple years ago we came out here and didn’t even get a shot on goal.”
KOKOMO 2, HAMILTON HTS. 0
Jordan Eley converted a penalty and Ben Huff scored for the Kats, who broke loose from a scoreless tie at halftime to down the Huskies. Philip Heilman had an assist and Caleb Cook had a dozen saves in preserving his shutout. Kokomo improved to 3-4 with the win.
“[We] played well. This was our first clean sheet of the season. Defensively we were absolutely solid,” Kokomo coach Kismet Morrison said. “At halftime the guys knew they could up their game and that’s what they did. Overall, just a solid all-around performance from all the players.”
Liberty Christian 4, Tri-Central 2
The Trojans fell to 1-3 on the season.
Liberty Christian built a 4-1 lead by intermission. Dalton Davis scored on an assist from Colby Shaffer for TC in the first half, while Ben Puckett scored on an assist from Hayden Sharp in the second half.
Puckett added four saves in the loss, while Jordan Thurston added four as well.
Western 5, Maconaquah 0
The Panthers took their talents to Bunker Hill and emerged with a shutout victory to improve to 4-2 on the year, and 1-1 in MIC play.
Judson Quinn made quick worth with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Brody Worl battled back to win a three-setter at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, and John Sullivan competed the singles sweep with a 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 3 post.
Justin Groothuis and Vito Pulverenti outlasted their opponents in a three-setter, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), at No. 1 doubles, and Luke Florek and Kaleb Howard completed the shutout with a 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.
“I’m pretty pleased,” Western coach Andrew Miller said. “This is our first win in the conference, which is always a nice first step. We had two three-set wins, including on in a tiebreaker. I was very happy with the way they played. The match was already decided, so it was nice to see the boys out there still working hard. No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles have been constants for us, and again [Thursday] night they went out there and got done pretty quickly. It was nice to get out to a quick lead.”
Logansport 4, Taylor 1
Camden Kimbler scored Taylor’s lone point against visiting Logansport with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles.
“Camden played a really strong match,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “This was our third match in a row. I was impressed with the way he came out and played his match. He played really smart.”
The Titans dropped to 3-2.
Western posted a score of 39 to win Rossville’s Landes Invitational. Carroll was second with 50 and Tipton (68) and Rossville (69) rounded out the complete teams.
Nicole Hampshire won the race in 20:45 to lead Western. The Panthers’ other top runners were Sam Luginbuhl (seventh place, 23:32), Jayma Claxton (13th, 24:04), Taylor Nunan (15th, 24:12) and Cora Johnson (17th, 24:15).
“Nicole ran an excellent race. I couldn’t have asked for anything different,” Western coach Joni McCracken said. “She had some good competition, but she ran with great determination and focus. She ran a smart race.”
Eastern 18, Mississinewa 37
The Comets took the top four spots in a dual meet in Gas City, led by race winner Avery Ewing, who finished the course in 20:55.
Jessie Sprinkles followed in second in 21:53, Elyssa DeAngulo was third in 24:00, and Carly Jones followed in fourth at 24:01. Kaylee Gebhart rounded out the lineup with an eighth-place finish in 27:34.
8th Kaylee Gebhart 27:34
“It was just a good, solid night for us,” Eastern coach Brandon Mink said. “We had just the five girls running, and I wanted to praise Kaylee for stepping in as our No. 5 runner. She took a minute and a half off of her personal-best time. Avery was solid from us up front.”
Hamilton Heights Invitational
Pendleton Heights won the team title with race winner Alex Buck pacing the Arabiansin 20:34.
Taylor ran as an incomplete team. Cami Hansen led the Titans in 12 th in 21:20. Paige Welsh (43 rd, 25:06), Ashley Nguyen (56 th, 28:50) and Kylie Williams (60 th, 30:50) also compete for Taylor.
Western won the event with 29 points in a field of six complete teams. Tipton was second (59), Rossville third (65) and Carroll fourth (98).
Panther pace-setter Matt Grider cruised to a first-place finish in 16:21. Also for Western, Riley Carter took fourth (17:19), Auston Davenport was fifth (17:48), Caleb Maddox was seventh (17:58) and Mark Boss was 12th (18:55).
“I think we ran better [Thursday] than we did on Saturday,” Western coach Gary Jewell said. “[Grider] actually spent the first kilometer pacing Auston and Riley Carter and Caleb Maddox before picking it up. Riley PRed by 30 seconds, Auston is right at his PR. Caleb is right where he ran in the sectional last year. In a couple weeks, we’re going to hopefully have a couple guys under 17 and hopefully a couple more under 18.”
Nate Gonzalez scored a third-place finish to lead Tipton (17:00). Jake Benefiel was sixth (17:54).
Cameron Honn led Carroll in 10th (18:23).
Mississinewa 15, Eastern Inc.
The Comets’ Brenton Cherry was the race winner in 20:15. Matt Kerner took fifth for Eastern in 23:04, and Trevor Buchanan was sixth at 25:33.
“Brenton did a good job for us and got a PR; he’s still new to the sport,” Eastern coach Mink said. “I’m proud of him. I’m looking forward to seeing how we do against many quality teams at Saturday’s Marion Invitational.”
Hamilton Heights Invitational
Pendleton Heights won the team title as Taylor finished in 12 th place.
Pendleton’s Tyler Flood won the race in 17:19. Kalil Rucker led Taylor in 59 th place at 22:00. Stephen Sholty (70 th, 23:49), Nick Denman (72 nd, 24:25), Alex Guy (73 rd, 24:38) and Victor Skaggs (79 th, 30:36) rounded out the Titans’ lineup.
Peru 186, Taylor 193
Madison Denison won medalist honors with a 42 in leading Peru to the win at Chippendale G.C. Mallory Struble (45), Mallory Zorn (48) and Emma Long (51) rounded out the Tigers’ team score.
Taylor’s top four scores came from Ashley Fritsch (46), Daysi Jarvis (47), Lexi Davis (49) and Bree Wright (51). Taylor coach Justin Palmer noted the Titans’ team score was their best of the season.
NW 175, WABASH 209, EASTERN 214
Nortwestern’s Ashton Martin shot a two-over 38 on the front side of Honeywell G.C. in Wabash to snag medalist honors in the three-team gathering. Also for Northwestern, Alexis Hungate shot 46, Olivia McClure shot 44 and Karlie Shaw shot 47. The Purple Tigers are 11-0 in duals and three-team gatherings.
“Ashton played unbelievable, especially because Honeywell just has every green filled with traps, and they had aerated the greens and sanded them. It was hard putting conditions. Shooting a 38 with aerated greens and traps is an unbelievable score and the Tigers are just doing well.”
Sarah Sharp shot 52 to led Eastern, Savannah Palumbo shot 53, Heidi Cranor 54 and Mallory Moreno 55.
Pioneer def. NW 25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 25-15
Hannah Ballard floored seven kills to lead Northwestern. Kelsey Richards served seven points and Emily Harshman served six points. Coach Trina Yager noted Richards, Harshman and Kristin Ireland provided good defensive play.
Lapel def. Tri-Central 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 27-25
Whitney Revolt slammed 10 kills to lead Tri-Central against visiting Lapel. Cecelia Rayl served 12 points including three aces, Tara Davis had 14 assists and Haley Farris had 42 digs.
TIP. VALLEY DEF. MAC. 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-15
The Braves (6-2) won the first set at home but Tippecanoe Valley turned the tables and took a road win.
Emily Wilson had 23 service receptions, 25 digs and 15 service points to lead Mac’s effort, Michaela Walters had eight kills and six points. Jalyn Windsor had eight kills. Ally Exmeyer had eight kills. Lynnsie Arion had 25 assists.
EASTERN DEF. SHERIDAN 25-14, 25-12, 25-19
Eastern put together one of its best efforts of the season in improving to 6-5 on the year.
Hannah Williams had 10 kills, four blocks and seven digs for Eastern. Lizzy Mavrick had seven kills, 12 service receptions and 10 digs. Quinlyn Hochstedler had 27 assists, 11 service points (including five aces) and five kills. Maddie Vint had 10 points and four kills. Courtney Clark had seven service receptions and 10 digs. Kinsey Duke had eight digs.
“We played the most consistent we’ve played all year,” Eastern coach Missy Mavrick said. “We’ve really been working in practice on cutting our errors down and staying consistent, and we finally did that. The girls did a great job of putting the ball down. Hannah Williams did a great job of stepping up and swinging away.
“We were really consistent in our serve receive, allowing us to get our kills. We also did a really good job of, when we’re serving, hitting our spots. That didn’t allow them to set up much offense.”