By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe’s girls soccer team faced a tough early-season test in only its second game of the year Wednesday, hosting Carroll.
And the Red Devils (2-0) passed once again, jumping out in front by two goals and holding on from there in a 2-1 victory at Tipp City Park.
Lexi Blair scored the first goal of the game unassisted, then Holly Bernhold gave the Devils a little breathing room with a second unassisted goal. That proved to be big, as the Patriots were able to get on the board and cut the lead to one — but the Tippecanoe defense buckled down and made that goal stand up.
Tippecanoe travels to Northmont Saturday.
Northwestern 2, ME 1
CASSTOWN — Miami East took an early lead Wednesday against visiting Northwestern, but the Warriors were able to rally and outlast the Vikings to hand them a 2-1 defeat.
Emily Holicki put the Vikings up 12 minutes into the game, finishing a cross by Grace McCalister to make it 1-0 Miami East. Northwestern threatened in the first half, but Whitley Gross and Sage Hunley both made non-goalie saves to keep the Vikings up by one at the half.
But 14 minutes into the second half, Northwestern scored on a corner kick to even up the game, and with nine minutes to go the Warriors took the lead for good.
Emma Linn made five saves in goal for the Vikings, and Brynne Snodgrass added another non-goalie save.
“I’m really proud of the girls and the way they played tonight,” Miami East coach Emalie Carson said. “We had five freshmen starting against a very good Northwestern team, and we had a major lineup upheaval to deal with on top of that. Emma faced a very tough situation, something a coach hates to put a player through, but she stepped up and did well tonight.”
Miami East (2-1) travels to Milton-Union Saturday.
Bellbrook 4, Troy 1
TROY — One of the area’s most talented tennis teams in Bellbrook came to visit Troy Wednesday, and the Trojans played tough but fell 4-1 to drop to 4-3 on the season.
Ashley Bruns scored Troy’s win at third singles, defeating Maddie Bertacini 6-2, 6-1.
At first singles, Hannah Essick lost to Rachel Hines 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Maggie Hennessy lost to Andrea Szep 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Zoey Scancarello and Sierra Verstraten lost to Shea Foster and Abby Schultz 6-1, 6-2. At second doubles, Meredith Pruitt and Katie Sherrick lost in three to Ali Contestable and Melissa Wahl 3-6, 6-4, 10-6.
“Bellbrook is undefeated at 9-0 and has two outstanding players at first and second singles,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “After a tough loss yesterday, Ashley had a nice comeback win. Our doubles teams battled but fell short, too.”
Springfield 3, M-U 2
SPRINGFIELD — Milton-Union fought hard at Springfield Wednesday, but in the end the Bulldogs lost 3-2 in non-league play.
At second singles, Abby Hissong defeated Amanda Dillon 6-3, 6-4. At first doubles, Anna Brown and Caitlin Bushelman won.
At first singles, Ashley Wombold lost to Jenna Denieter 6-0, 6-3. At third singles, Rachel Rock lost to Arvial Umerani 6-2, 6-3. At second doubles, Kaitlyn Antonides and Lauren Claggett lost.
* Girls Golf
Urbana 204, ME 207
URBANA — The Miami East girls golf team had a second straight tough night on the road, falling at Urbana Country Club to the host Hillclimbers 204-207.
Kiera Fellers led the Vikings with a 49, Haley Howard shot 50, Megan Thompson shot 52, Maggie Bergman shot 56 and Megan Pettit and Emily Rowley shot 57.
Miami East (6-2) hosts Russia Monday.
* Boys Golf
Brookville 156, M-U 202
BROOKVILLE — The Milton-Union boys golf team struggled on the road Wednesday, falling at Brookville 156-202 in Southwestern Buckeye League crossover play.
Philip Brumbaugh led the Bulldogs with a 48, Parker Puthoff and Grayson Galentine both shot 51, Aaron Brown shot 52, Nick Brumbaugh shot 53 and Conner Staley shot 56.
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