Mother Nature yells “Enough!”, Tigers Notch 6-0 NLC Win
The Warsaw women’s soccer team took a 6-0 lead at the end of the first half of Tuesday’s home soccer match when lightning struck immediately after the 40th of the match.e minute. The officials and coaches of the two teams met briefly and subsequently decided to end the game with a final score of 6-0 against the Cavemen of Mishawaka.
The Tigers’ second straight win takes them to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC).
“It was great to see our team playing with their legs finally under them,” said Warsaw head coach Jon Hoover of his abridged but convincing victory. “Our schedule has been running for weeks now, so the holiday weekend has come at just the right time.”
The start of the game was proactively brought forward earlier today at 5:30 p.m. due to the thunderstorm system directed towards the Michiana region. Two more NLC matches have been postponed until midday.
Mishawaka, dominated from the start, doubled his troubles by giving up three of the six goals scored on them thanks to penalties.
Corissa Koontz (10e minute), Sam Aalbue (12e minute) and Abby Kohler (21st minute) all capitalized on the Cavemen’s faults near the goal.
The aforementioned goals from seniors Koontz and Aalbue were followed by two more goals coming in the next two-minute series by Junior Bonnie Hampton (14e, 16e minutes). Koontz had assists on each of those goals.
“Corissa Koontz is improving everyone around her,” Hoover said of her senior midfielder. “(She) demands the attention of her opponents.”
Hampton’s classmate Rylee Burns punctuated the night’s score with a goal in the 39e minute of an assist from Aalbue.
“Sam Aalbue can play any position on the pitch very well,” Hoover remarked. “(She) has been a force offensively and defensively for this group”
The junior varsity game, moved to the later start time, was called off after the second crush shortly after 30 minutes after the first kick of the evening.
Warsaw returns to the Tiger Soccer Complex pitch for the second and third games of their current five-game homestand with an NLC game on Thursday against Concord (7:00 p.m.), followed by Senior Night against Fort Wayne Northrup on Monday, September 13 (7:30 p.m.).