Boy's Soccer Wins Sectionals
WARSAW - It took nearly 40 minutes, but once the Tigers hit the back of the net for the first time, the floodgates opened and coach Scott Bauer¹s Tigers rolled to 4-0 victory over NorthWood in the championship of the Warsaw boys soccer sectional. In the process, Tiger keeper David Johnson, getting strong support from his defense, had a pair of saves for his 43rd career shutout, setting a state record in a that category.
NorthWood held Warsaw in check until Corey Lopez took advantage of an opening and fired a shot past the Panther keeper with just 20 seconds remaining in the half.
In the second half, the Tigers jumped on top 2-0 when Jose Rodriguez slipped past defenders to score at the 65th minute. Corey Lopez showed his soft touch at the 71st minute, getting an assist from Jared Stout and tapping a soft loft of a shot over a charging NorthWood keeper. Lopez capped the scoring with his third goal coming on a difficult angle at the side of the net. Warsaw held an 11-2 shot advantage in the match.
The Tigers (15-3-1) move on to meet a familiar opponent, Concord (16-2), in the first match of the Mishawaka regional. Penn and St. Joseph¹s (10-5-3) are in the other half of the regional bracket.