Sep. 19—The Logansport boys soccer team advanced to the North Central Conference Tournament semifinals on Saturday.
The West No. 2 seed Berries defeated East No. 3 seed Muncie Central 2-0 at the Logansport Memorial Hospital Stadium.
Logan will play in a semifinal game at 10 a.m. next Saturday versus an opponent yet to be determined. If the Berries win they will play for the NCC title at 2 p.m. The event will be held at Kokomo.
Logan beat Muncie Central 5-1 last weekend but the Berries were in a close game with the Bearcats throughout on Saturday.
Jesus Figueroa got the Berries on the board in the 10th minute when he scored on a header off a corner kick by Yahir Guzman. The game would remain 1-0 until two minutes were left in the game when Devin McAninch was brought down in the box to give the Berries a penalty kick. Abel Leon scored in the side netting to make it 2-0.
"It was a very different game from last week," Logan coach Mike Turner said. "Muncie Central had their starting goalkeeper and their starting centre-back back. We were almost at full strength, missing our leading goal scorer Cesar Perez. It was a well played match. Turf was fast which favored us with our possession."
The Berries outshot the Bearcats 14-4 for the game.
"The second half we were struggling to find our possession," Turner said. "We were unsettled in the midfield. First half we were dominant. Again, we need some finishing.
"Muncie Central played a good defensive game. Good luck to them next weekend in the tournament."
West No. 3 seed Logansport advanced in the winners' bracket with an 11-0 win over Anderson in the morning game at Richmond.
But the Berries fell to East No. 1 seed Richmond 3-1 in the quarterfinal as the Berries (7-6) saw their winning streak come to an end at six games.
The Richmond game was scoreless at halftime before the Red Devils struck with a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead. Linney Fragoso got the Berries back in it with a goal on a penalty kick with under 20 minutes left to play. But Richmond answered with another goal to win 3-1.
In the win over Anderson, Logan took an 8-0 lead at halftime. Gracie Henderson and Isabel Padilla both had a hat trick by halftime for the Berries. Arlene Frutos bent a corner kick into the goal in the first half. Kellyn Cripe had a goal. Pailei Cripe had two goals in the second half. Dulce Mendez added a goal.
Logan will compete for places 5-8 as the NCC Tourney continues next weekend.
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Winamac placed second in the Class A race behind Kouts. Cass placed 10th and Pioneer placed 12th. Caston had an incomplete. Wheeler's Emma Hellwege was the overall winner in 19:47.
Maggie Smith placed eighth in 20:58 to lead Winamac, followed by Kelsey Wegner (14th, 21:27), Kadence Hoover (16th, 21:32), Angie Sheets (37th, 22:34) and Bethany Poor (65th, 23:59).
Makenna Leicht placed second overall with a time of 20:21 to lead Cass. She was followed by Liberty Scott (11th, 21:10), Kenzie Dockery (91st, 24:58), Kennedy Thorpe (116th, 26:08) and Fernanda Montiel (119th, 26:13).
Violet Montgomery placed third overall in 20:36 to lead Pioneer. She was followed by Kylie Farris (36th, 22:27), Macee Baker (89th, 24:55), Maggie Steffel (134th, 27:25) and Amanda Harrington (139th, 27:50).
Delaney Strasser placed 31st in 22:10 to lead Caston, followed by Kenzi Roudebush (59th, 23:51), Stevanna Young (109th, 25:39) and Maddie Sprow (140th, 28:07).
"I'm very pleased with how the ladies performed and am always impressed when a runner can set a season-best time on such a technical course as Delaney did today," Caston coach Blair Zimmerman said. "Agony Hill can make or break a run on this course, especially when there are no hills for miles around when training. In spite of that, we've made due with what we have, and the gals really shined today."
Logansport competed in the Class 3A race. Marbella Nievez-Hernandez placed 148th in 24:43 to lead the Berries, followed by Berenice Salamanca (174th, 27:42), Jessica Mateo (175th, 27:51), Mariarita Cucci (176th, 27:53) and Maggie Fincher (180th, 29:38).
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Pioneer placed eighth in the Class A race. Winamac placed 13th and Caston placed 21st. South Central (Union Mills) won. Rossville's Preston Padgett was the overall winner in 17:14.
Jackson Baker placed 10th in 17:58 to lead Pioneer, followed by Leighton Dodt (21st, 18:29), Jack Cooper (62nd, 19:47), Austin Brooke (72nd, 19:58) and Ryan Adams (132nd, 21:37).
Kolbey Wegner placed eighth in 17:47 to lead Winamac, followed by Cristian Cardenas (16th, 18:16), Tyler Tankersley (77th, 20:11), Evan Eaton (112th, 21:05) and AJ Rimpler (182nd, 23:03).
Austin Dague placed third overall in 17:32 to lead Caston. He was followed by Caleb Stinson (110th, 21:04), Marshall Finke (121st, 21:17), Brady Evans (133rd, 21:39) and Connor Sommers (167th, 22:35).
"The weather was fantastic for running today and the guys did a great job on the course," Zimmerman said. "Connor set a season best, which given the difficulty of this course is incredible, and everyone was within just a few seconds of their previous best for the season. This meet is huge and the excitement helps the guys really rise to the occasion. CMA next week is similar in that respect and I look forward to seeing what the guys bring to that one."
Logansport competed in the Class 3A race. Ben Favors placed 109th in 19:02 to lead the Berries, followed by Payton Herr (144th, 19:52), Micah Rogers (165th, 21:04), Carson Dubes (170th, 21:18) and Ian Snoeberger (173rd, 21:59).