Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Warsaw forward Eric Ocock drives the ball downfield during Saturday's championship game of the Carroll Classic against Northridge.
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Sophomore and Forward #7 Blake Burns breaks Northridge's defense as he drives the ball down field in the championship game at Carol Highschool.
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Johnny Mora of Northridge and Luis Cleto of Warsaw battle for the ball Saturday.
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Sophomore and Middlefielder #21 Agustin Hidalgo rushing to intercept a pass during the championship game at Carol Highschool
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Sophomore and Forward #10 Tedros Berelsman dribbles the ball around Northridge's defense in the championship game at Carol Highschool
Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Sophomore and Goal Keeper #1 clears the ball after a successful block during the championship game at Carol Highschool.
Sunday, September 03, 2017 1:00 am
Warsaw 3 Northridge 2
Warsaw puts aside frustrations to win
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
The Warsaw boys soccer team is relatively young, made up of seven seniors, three juniors and seven sophomores, but it may have come of age Saturday afternoon with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Northridge in the championship game of the eight-team Carroll Classic.
Fighting off the fatigue after playing its second game of the day, a particularly physical match with the Raiders, Warsaw shrugged off frustration with its own play, irritation with the officials and rallied twice from one-goal deficits.
Senior Cole Voss set up the winning goal in the 67th minute by dribbling around Stone Thompson and sending a centering pass to sophomore Blake Burns to score his second goal of the game.
“Cole took it down the line and played a beautiful ball right in to me. I saw it coming and I was sitting right inside the 6 (yard box) and all I had to do was tap it in,” said Burns, who had tied it at 1 with a 25th-minute penalty kick, resulting from a foul.
Seconds after Warsaw took its first lead, however, Northridge got a penalty kick of its own, thanks to a hand ball the Tigers denied happened. Sophomore goalkeeper Harrison Mevis thwarted Johnny Mora to preserve the victory over a Northern Lakes Conference rival.
“(Our goalkeeper) has been practicing penalties in training. He's really good at reading it – he's been doing it forever – and he said he knew exactly where (the shooter) was going,” Burns said.
The Tigers, who had been hanging their heads a bit too much early in the game, Warsaw coach Frank Courtois said, were jubilant after the save.
“That made them get their spirits up,” Courtois said. “The boys hollered and once we stopped that PK, it got everybody pumped up and ready to go.”
Despite playing to a scoreless tie, Warsaw had reached the championship game by defeating Homestead 1-0 in penalty kicks. In the other semifinal, Northridge beat Blackhawk Christian 4-1.
Homestead took third place in the tournament with a 10-0 victory over Blackhawk, North Side beat Carroll 3-1 for fifth place and Bishop Luers took seventh place with a 3-2 victory over Westview.
Northridge looked on its way to the title after Cam Chappell made it 2-1 in the 37th minute, taking a pass from Micah Cross and slipping a shot inside the right post.
But one of the game's many hard fouls set the Tigers up for the equalizer in the 63rd minute, when sophomore Tedros Berelsman headed in a cross from 35 yards out.
For Warsaw (5-3-2), which Courtois said “was struggling a little bit,” it was a lesson in the importance of not giving up.
“That's what I was preaching to them all day: 'Hey, we're still in the game. Quit fighting. Quit arguing.' And when they're young, they're going to make decisions like this,” Courtois said. “But talent-wise, we try to compete with everybody we play.”