By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport’s boys soccer team continued its strong play of late with a 4-1 win over visiting Lafayette Jeff on Wednesday.
The Berries jumped out to a 3-0 lead at halftime and held on in the second half despite playing almost all of it with just 10 players due to a red card.
“We dominated the whole game, I thought,” said Berry senior captain Luis Gonzalez. “We had a good effort of challenging the shots. We played pretty good defense this game, we didn’t get the shutout, but we still contested the shots and didn’t let them attack crazily.
“We challenged and pressured the balls in the air, especially Phil Stephenson, who had good wins in the air.”
For the second straight game the Berries (3-2) struck very quickly. Just over a minute into the game Gonzalez bent a corner kick towards the goal that a Jeff defender knocked in for an own goal to give Logan the early lead.
Hector Enriquez scored in the 27th minute and Gonzalez struck in the 30th minute after excellent team play by the Berries, and they took the 3-0 lead into the half.
Logan’s Pedro Hernandez was playing a good game defensively but was called for a double yellow card for dissent five minutes into the second half, leaving the Berries with just 10 players on the field for the final 35 minutes. He will have to sit out the next game as well.
“It wasn’t for physical play, it was for dissent toward the referee,” LHS coach Mike Turner said. “He knew he fouled, he just thought they both should have been called for a foul.”
The Bronchos capitalized when Brian Carapia scored on an assist by Jesus Rodriguez with 21:43 remaining.
The Berries answered that goal when Orlando Casimiro earned a penalty kick and drilled it through to make it a 4-1 game with 15:35 to play and were able to hold on from there.
“With this game, even with the adversity of losing a player and playing down a man for the last 35 minutes, we didn’t get down on ourselves. We stayed mentally tough in the game, mentally focused,” Turner said.
“We’ve had two games we really should have had a shutout.”
The Berries (3-2) have now won three of their last four with wins coming against West Lafayette, Anderson and Jeff.
“It was just mainly maturing a little bit and I know it’s hard to say but guys have to be mentally tough, because we have the talent,” Turner said. “Even when we played at Harrison, we gave up four goals, score two. And if you watch that game, you see that for 20 minutes each half we were in the game but for 20 we weren’t.
Gonzalez talked about his team’s improvement over the last two weeks.
“I think it’s good conditioning, too, that we’ve been getting better at. Getting faster and pressuring the ball better, and probably just staying in the game more, playing more physical,” he said.
Turner said his team is hitting its stride after a couple of tough early losses.
“That’s the team I was expecting to have so I was very pleased with that,” he said.
Logan travels to Culver Academy next Tuesday.
Logan 5, Peru 0
The Berries improved to 6-2 with the win over visiting Peru.
Bryan Zehner defeated Braden Bales 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Nathaniel King defeated Jack Evers 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2 and Lucas Eastburn defeated Carson Ray 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.
Dustin Clements and Kaleb Overway defeated Kreighton Ray and Austin Finicle 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles, and Jared Cole and Matt Jennings defeated Kam Graham and Lucas Elerby 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.
“It was a good night for Eastburn at No. 3 singles and the 2 doubles of Jared Cole and Matt Jennings,” Logan coach Mike Montgomery said. “We got real good third sets from Nathaniel King and Clements and Kaleb Overway.”
The Berries travel to Taylor tonight.
Pioneer 3, Knox 2
One night after a four-game win over Logansport, the Panthers went the distance in a win over visiting Knox (25-22, 27-29, 25-23, 16-25, 15-7).
“I think we were down a little bit emotionally as far as last night. We played with high emotions and played well most of the game against Logansport,” Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. “Tonight it was whoever played on the north end of the gym won the game, whoever played on our home bench won that set.
“When we lost our focus our serve receive was really bad and we started spraying the ball everywhere. But we played well when we needed to. Knox is a really nice team. He said they’re 3-5 but they’ve lost to some really good teams. ... We scrimmaged them over the summer and split with them.
“I tell you what, the fans in attendance got their money’s worth tonight.”
Riley Morris had 20 assists, two aces and five digs for Pioneer (4-3). Kayte Miller had 12 digs and five kills.
Megan Smith collected 11 digs, and Sarah Dorris had 17 kills, 17 digs and three aces. Hannah Tevis came up with six kills, seven blocks and six digs.
Shelby Roller dished 16 assists to go with 14 digs and two aces. Jessica Lawrence had three kills and two blocks, Lyndsey Stewart had five kills and three blocks and Maddie Kiser added five kills and five blocks.
Pioneer travels to Northwestern tonight.
Carroll 3, N. White 1
On the same night that Carroll’s Macy Willoughby was featured on SportsCenter for her kick save in the match against Clinton Prairie, the Cougars defeated North White 25-18, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17 on Tuesday.
Bailey Worl set a school record with 29 kills to go with 21 digs for Carroll. Lauren Worl had 15 kills and 18 digs. Willoughby, a freshman, and sophomore Libby Eller both had 19 digs in the win.
Willoughby’s amazing kick save was the No. 2 Top Play on SportsCenter and can be seen on YouTube.
N. Miami 211, Pioneer 212
The Panthers dropped to 4-2 with the loss at Pond View.
Mikayla Greiner shot a personal-best round of 49, followed by Mati DeWitt (53), Nichole Schroder (54), Emily Powell (56) and April Wheeldon (57).
Alyssa Bishop shot a 48 to earn medalist honors for the Warriors. She was followed by Sami Tims (52), Megan Mondosa (55) and Abby Spencer (56).
“It was a rough night. It was tough to come back from the night before with how wonderfully we played,” Pioneer coach Dale Samuels said. “We just have to shrug it off and move on. We’ve got tournaments coming up.”
Southwood 198, Peru 199, Western 204, Eastern 224
Madison Denniston led the Tigers with a 46, followed by Emma Long (50), Olivia Sharp (51) and Mallory Zorn (52).