By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport’s girls soccer team broke open a tie game with three goals in the final 10 minutes in a 5-2 win at Frankfort on Tuesday.
Whitney Jennings led the way with four goals for the Berries in their season opener. Emily Pomasl added the other goal. Sydney Thompson had two assists and Mallory Rowe added another.
Usually the Frankfort game is a lopsided affair but the Hot Dogs gave the Berries a very close game.
“When we first started playing them they were closer games. The previous three years have been easy, but they were definitely a much improved team,” Logan coach Todd Reiff said.
The Berries had problems finishing goals. Reiff said they converted just 5 of 38 of their shots on goal.
“We worked all two-a-days on increasing our speed of play and we might have overshot that a bit,” he said. “We had a lot of opportunities we didn’t capitalize on because we were moving so fast.
“In the second half we settled down and were more patient and deliberate while still pushing the pace faster.”
Berry senior Amy Spear, the twin sister of teammate Ashley Spear, left the game with a knee injury. Reiff, who’s a physical therapist, is afraid it could possibly put her out for possibly the rest of the season.
“It’s really unfortunate because she’s worked really, really hard all summer long and in two-a-days to gain a starting position,” he said.
The Berries host Western on Thursday for their home opener.
“We’ve got a couple girls banged up a bit so [today] we’re going to let them rest up a bit,” Reiff said. “We’ve got games on Thursday, Saturday and Monday and we’ve got a few bumps and bruises.”
McCutcheon 3, Logan 0
The Berries fell into a big hole early and couldn’t get out in a season-opening 25-10, 25-23, 29-27 loss in Lafayette.
“We just weren’t very good tonight,” Logan coach Jon Vernon said. “McCutcheon came out and played really well in the first game. We just didn’t play well. I can’t really explain it to be honest. A lot of people were looking for someone else to do the job instead of stepping up and doing it themselves. We have to get it figured out before Thursday.
After the poor start, the Berries had leads in the final two games but couldn’t pull them out.
“We had opportunities in games two and three as poorly as we played,” Vernon said. “We didn’t finish well.
“I told the girls that we’re missing just two girls [Alaina Page and Kiley Victor] from the team that almost won a sectional championship on this floor last year. We didn’t have that fire and determination, effort and intensity that we finished the year last year with.”
Syd Bullard had nine kills and five digs to lead the Berries. Bailey Kelley had 13 assists, four digs and two aces. Monika Ness and Nakeya Penny each added three kills. Lindsey Cheney had four digs and Paulie Frye added two blocks.
The Berries host Northwestern on Thursday for their home opener.
“If we play like we did tonight we’ll be in trouble,” Vernon said. “We’ll be in trouble if we don’t right this ship real quick.”
Carroll 3, Caston 0
Carroll freshmen had a big night in a season-opening win over visiting Caston, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20. Freshmen Lauren Worl had 11 kills, Macy Willoughby had seven kills and Elizabeth Eurit dished 23 assists. Senior Bailey Worl added 10 kills.
Haley Hoover led the Comets with five aces, nine digs and three kills. Madison Martin added three aces. Jacqueline Rans and Mickayla Rans each added three kills. Jacqueline Rans added blocks. Tori Rentschler collected five digs.
“The team played well,” said Taylor McFarland, who made her Comets coaching debut. “We are working on team work and anticipation. I am pleased with the efforts and hope to keep improving.”
Carroll hit .230 for the evening along with lots of hustle from Libby Eller racking up 18 digs. Macy Willoughby led with a 2.0 passing percentage and junior Bayleigh Filbrun had five aces.
W. Central 3, LaCrosse 0
Alivia Kruger had 21 kills and Autumn Wireman dished 24 assists to lead the Trojans (1-0).
Southwood 177, Rochester 177, Caston 253
Rochester’s Kovenant Lingenfelter shot a 37 to earn medalist honors Monday at Etna Acres.
Tierney Rentschler led the Comets with a 59, followed by Berklee Blackman (61), Emilee Thompson (66), Madeline Moeller (67), Emily Strain (70) and Kylie Pugh (79).