ELKHART — Warsaw senior sweeper Tedros Berelsman said he knows what his Tigers boys high school soccer team looks like when it’s on top of its game.

“We possess the ball very well,” said Berelsman Tuesday after a 1-0 victory at Elkhart Memorial. “Our passing has been a lot better than it was today.

“(Memorial) was just aggressive and that’s what it takes to beat good teams at times. You’ve just got to be feisty.

“When a team is all the way up (with its formation), we’ve got to learn how to beat them through the back through our good passing.”

Warsaw, the No. 11 team in Class 3A, improved 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the NLC by blanking the Crimson Chargers (3-5, 0-2).

Senior Blake Burns took a long pass from senior Adrian Tanase in the fourth minute and converted it into the night’s lone goal. It was Burns’ seventh goal and Tanase’s first assist of 2019.

Warsaw put seven shots on goal and had many other dangerous runs and near misses.

Memorial wound up with five shots on the net. Senior Ruben Borja played the first half in goal for the Tigers and senior Harrison Mevis took over the second half. Boja made three saves while Mevis had one and Berlesman one as a defender on a point-blank chance by junior Alejandro Martinez in the 24th minute.

Berlesman also spent much of the match marking diminutive Chargers sophomore striker Lucilo Villatoro Gomez.

“He was very quick,” said Berlesman. “I had the size and I felt like I could keep up with him the whole time.

“It was a pretty good match-up.”

Warsaw coach Frank Courtois had Berlesman playing on the back line most of the time and then coming forward on the set plays.

“He’s really good in the air,” said Courtois of Berlesman. “He’s scored several goals with headers.

“He’s one of the top defensive players in the state. I’d put him 1-on-1 with any player in the state. When he’s playing well, we all play well.”

Courtois said he had seen his team play better.

“I call it a dirty win,” said Courtois. “Good teams will come in a win games like this.

“We’re good enough to put a lot more in the net. We didn’t finish and get the job done completely.

“But we’ll take it.”

Memorial coach Todd Sheely explained his strategy against the Tigers.

“We have struggled a little bit at times this season in our attack, so we wanted to pressure high if we could win the ball,” said Sheely. “And get ourselves to attack closer to their goal instead of winning it further away.

“Lucilo played very, very hard tonight. He played smart. He created some chances. I was very pleased with him.

“We take this as a positive stride. We just keep working and see how the ball goes the next time.”

Tuesday’s junior varsity match was won 3-0 by Warsaw. Senior Thomas Egseth netted two first-half goals and freshman Nathan Dailey tallied one in the second half for the Tigers.

Warsaw visits 3A No. 9 Penn Thursday.