The Greenfield-Central boys’ soccer team finished second in the Cougar Cup Saturday, falling 2-1 to Class 1A No. 2-ranked Guerin in the championship.
The host Cougars defeated Ritter 4-0 in the morning semifinal to advance, while Guerin handled Greencastle 6-0.
Trent Barnhart, Conner Shaw, Enrique Ferrara and Gabe Collins scored for G-C (1-2) against Ritter, with Joe Hudson and Ferrara adding assists. Goalkeeper Jarred Potter recorded the shutout.
In the championship, Enrique Ferrara notched the Cougars’ only goal on an assist from Barnhart.
Ritter beat Greencastle 2-0 in the consolation.
In other prep action Saturday:
New Pal suffers first regular season loss in three years
The host Dragons defeated Univerty 4-0 and lost to Franklin Central 2-1.
The loss to FC was New Palestine’s first regular season defeat since Sept. 16, 2009.
In the morning win over University, Katie Villiger scored twice and Lauren Joray and Madison Parish added goals. Kenzie Morgan posted the shutout in goal.
Against Franklin Central, Kristin Wagner registered a goal in the second half to tie the score at 1-1, but FC scored late in overtime to win the match.
“The team played well and should be proud,” New Palestine coach Bobby Holden said. “They had success many times throughout the game and came back from a one-goal deficit. They took the game into overtime and in the final minutes of overtime a free kick was awarded to Franklin Central, where they capitalized on a great shot into the upper far post.
“It was a tough way to lose the game and a tournament, but with the right attitude and mindset, the girls will come away from this loss to do great things this season. It is a long season and we are only at the beginning of it.”
Joray had two assists on the day, while Natalie Kehrt, Alyssa Mouzin, Amy Hilton also had assists.
Royals split 4 at Union Modoc
At the Union Modoc Invite, Eastern Hancock swept the host Rockets (25-15, 25-15) and Monroe Central (25-19, 25-15), while Winchester handled EH 25-11, 18-25, 25-12 and Alexandria Monroe beat the Royals 25-11, 25-15.
In the tourney, Lauren Harmon (33 kills), Melissa Bedell (27 kills) and Bekah Dickmander (27 kills) powered the EH attack.
Jordian Eastes was credited with 103 assists. Hannah Best (60 digs) and Tori Bednarski (39 digs) shined in the Royals’ defense.
Eastern Hancock (3-3) will make visits to Centerville today and Greenfield-Central on Thursday.
Cougars 2-2 at Lafayette Jeff
Greenfield-Central defeated Morristown (25-7, 25-13) and Milan (25-13, 25-12) at the season-opening Lafayette Jefferson Tournament, while the host team handed the Cougars a 25-17, 25-9 loss and McCutcheon got past G-C 25-21, 19-25, 25-14.
“Not anywhere close to our potential,” is how G-C coach Rita Rouse summed up her team’s performance. “There were spurts now and then of what we’ve been doing in practice, but overall how we played was just not acceptable.
“And they’ll be feeling the effects of that (Monday) in practice.”
Against Morristown, Jordan Bunch led the Cougars’ attack with seven kills.
Rachel Irbe (nine kills, seven digs), Megan Bradley (15 assists) and Alex Colclazier (eight digs) paced G-C over Milan.
Colclazier was the defensive leader again versus Lafayette Jeff with 12 digs.
And in the close loss to McCutcheon, Caitey Sosnowski (10 digs) Irbe (nine kills), Bradley (17 assists) and Colclazier (11 digs) had solid performances.
“We came out really flat, came back (in Game 2) and played pretty well, got up 8-3 in the third game and them we blew it,” Rouse said. “We just stopped playing. We made mistake after mistake. We were serving for match point, then ended the match with three straight unforced errors.
“That’s not going to cut it. Not this year.”
Marauders 9th out of 15 teams; On top Monday
Mt. Vernon finished ninth at the Connersville Lady Spartan Invitational with a 416.
Columbus East (357) won the tourney, followed by Whiteland (365), Madison (365) and Richmond (377).
Hoosier Heritage Conference foes Delta (436) and Shelbyville (515) finished behind MV in 10th and 14th place.
Ellen Wuerch (97), Molly Yee (98), Hannah Yee (109) and Kaitlyn Flood (112) led the Marauders.
In a three-way meet Monday, the Marauders (198) beat Westfield (236) and Alexandria (255).
Wuerch (46) was co-medalist with Westfield’s Kaylee Purcell. Molly Yee (49), Hannah Yee (49) and Bailey Fleming (54) added to the MV victory.