It was only a matter of time before Warsaw found the net Saturday.

The Class 3A No. 12 Warsaw boys soccer team scored two second-half goals in a 3-1 win over visiting Wawasee in a Northern Lakes Conference match on senior day.

The Lady Tigers preceded the boys match, winning 6-0 over the Lady Warriors for their eighth shutout of the season.

The boys contest was a much closer affair. Warsaw held a 1-0 lead in the second half when Wawasee’s Ethan Carey scored on an assist by Chris Pena in the 45th minute to even the score.

The Tigers (9-2-5, 4-0-2 NLC) missed three open shots after that, but stayed focused on Wawasee’s goal.

Their patience paid off in the 59th minute when Jorge Rico took a pass from Blake Burns and put the ball into the left corner of the goal.

Burns added an insurance goal on an assist from Garrett Reinholt in the 63rd minute.

“We need those guys to be scoring, and finally Jorge and Blake both redeemed themselves by taking the shot they wanted and putting the ball in the back of the net,” said Warsaw boys coach Frank Courtois.

Warsaw’s first goal came on a Burns assist to Gustav Dannervig in the 14th minute.

Wawasee coach Jordan Sharp was disappointed in some of his players’ effort.

“That’s just a hard thing, especially when you’re coming against a hard conference opponent and we need a conference win,” Sharp said. “You build the case for it, and then you get there and the guys just don’t put it out 100 percent.”

Warsaw played its seniors for a large chunk of the game, while senior reserve goalie Ricardo Saldivar was in the net the entire time.

“Every senior in the game just contributes, even on the bench keeping things positive, and in practice,” Courtois said.

Dillon Drake was in the net with three saves for Wawasee (4-10, 0-5 NLC).

The girls match began with an onslaught of offense by the Lady Tigers.

Warsaw (10-2-1, 6-0 NLC) scored five goals in the first 20 minutes. Brenna Burht netted two and assisted on two more, while Corissa Koontz, Delaney Taylor and Abby Steffensmeier also scored.

Dayle Harvey kicked in Warsaw’s sixth goal.

“A lot of times when we play teams that aren’t ranked and may not be as deep as us, we get a tendency to not play the style that we want to play,” said Warsaw girls coach Jon Hoover. “So I was really pleased with the way that our team played today.”

Wawasee girls coach Tracy Walesa noted her team was missing three players, including goalie Graceanne Kerlin, who was out with the flu.

Walesa said she was pleased with her team’s adaptability after the first 20 minutes.

“We did not come out strong, so that was huge,” Walesa said. “We decided after the first 20 minutes we were gonna make some of those changes that we needed to from the very beginning, and it showed.”

Kaylee Patton was in the net with three saves for Warsaw, while Sara Pritchard and Sam Kolberg combined for 10 saves for the Lady Warriors (2-11-1, 0-5 NLC).

Hoover gave credit to his three seniors, Anna Grill, Dayle Harvey and  Olivia Herman.

“Dayle is one of the stronger defenders Warsaw’s had, Anna Grill very selflessly moved to the back line this year and made a big difference for us, and Olivia’s just very consistent,” Hoover said. “She’s always doing her job and doing it well.”



(Boys)

WARSAW 3, WAWASEE 1

(Scoring)

War – Gustav Dannervig (Blake Burns assist) 14th min

Waw – Ethan Carey (Chris Pena) 45th min

War – Jorge Rico (Burns) 59th min

War – Burns (Garrett Reinholt) 63rd minute

Shots on goal – Warsaw 13, Wawasee 1; Saves – Dillon Drake (Waw) 10

Records: Warsaw 9-2-5 (4-0-2 NLC); Wawasee 4-10 (0-6 NLC)



(Girls)

WARSAW 6, WAWASEE 0

(Scoring)

War – Corissa Koontz (Delaney Taylor assist)

War – Brenna Burht

War – Taylor (Abby Steffensmeier)

War – Steffensmeier (Burht)

War – Burht

War – Dayle Harvey (Burht)

Shots on goal – Warsaw 16, Wawasee 0; Saves – Kaylee Patton (War) 3, Sam Kolberg (Waw) 6, Sara Pritchard (Waw) 5

Records: Warsaw 10-2-1 (6-0 NLC), Wawasee 2-11-1 (0-5 NLC)