Sunday, August 21, 2022 11:00 PM
Ryan Vanpuffelen had a hell of a week.
The Warsaw Tiger forward for the men’s team scored his second hat trick this week, scoring goals at 3, 42 and 54 minutes in Saturday’s 11-2 win over the East Chicago Cardinals at Tiger Soccer Complex. in a game shortened by the IHSAA Mercy rule (nine-goal margin).
The junior scored another hat trick earlier last week in an 8-0 shutout of Argon on Aug. 16.
The Tiger Soccer Complex was busy from Saturday morning to early afternoon, with all three tiers of Warsaw Tiger men’s football scoring dominating victories over regional opponents. The college team capped the action-packed day with an 11-2 win over the East Chicago Cardinals
College and JV games against East Chicago were added to the Tigers slate very recently, but Team C’s game against the Valparaiso Vikings was scheduled for the offseason. The youngest rung of the Warsaw football ladder took a 6-1 win, and the junior varsity team played out a half game that ended in a 6-0 win over East Chicago.
University of Warsaw head coach Ryan Burgher didn’t have much time to get the book on the very recently scheduled Cardinals, but he was pleasantly surprised by the opportunity to see his reservations about the pitch for most of the first half.
“We had no idea what East Chicago was like,” Burgher said. “When we scored two goals between the first and second minute, I realized we had a chance to take a look at the reserve players today.”
Junior striker Eduardo Escutia and senior midfielder Javi Enciso, each between the first and second minute, immediately led the Tigres onto the wet pitch. Enciso ends the game with an extra goal (41st).
Senior midfielder Roberto “Tito” Sanchez scored in the third minute with the aforementioned Vanpufflen goal, and Burgher then knocked down substitutions all over the pitch in the fifth minute except for goalkeeper Nehemiah Wright.
Sanchez scored his second goal in the 52nd minute. Wright and the reserves remained on the field for the remainder of the first half. East Chicago scored its two goals (Luis Barajas 31′, Brandon Ramirez 32′) during this period.
“Having to see all these guys for this long will give us things to work on in practice this week,” Burgher noted. “It was good for them to have looks so early in the season.”
Colton Martin (senior defender, penalty 9′), Isaiah Lara (junior midfielder, 48′) and Matthew
Marsh (junior striker, final goal) completed Warsaw’s score. Junior midfielder Julian Saldivar added an assist on the final goal.
Mydin Burgher scored a hat-trick for Team C, Marco Cuahuizo added two goals and Andy Vass scored one in the 6-1 win over Valparaiso. Limited scoring information for JV was available, apart from Esteban Saldivar’s two goals in the 6-0 win.
Warsaw hosts Huntington North on Tuesday at the Tiger Soccer Complex, then travels to Plymouth for a Northern Lakes Conference game on Thursday.
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