Argos sports briefs: Dragons ranked No. 1 in final poll of season
No. 6 girls soccer beats Bethany to wrap up NISC title
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
The Argos boys soccer team was ranked No. 1 in the final Class 1A coaches poll of the season released Monday.
Argos defeated Culver Academy 3-2 on Thursday and Bethany Christian 1-0 on Saturday to finish the regular season.
Argos was ranked No. 1 in the final four polls of the season.
Argos will begin their quest for their 10th straight sectional title and second straight state title with a Class 1A, Sectional 36 quarterfinal against North Miami at 6 p.m. tonight at Argos.
Class 1A, Sectional 36 at Argos schedule
Argos vs. North Miami, 6 p.m. today
Winamac vs. Culver, 5 p.m. Wednesday
Caston vs. Argos-North Miami winner, 7 p.m. Wednesday
Final, 7 p.m. Saturday
Argos 1, Bethany Christian 0 (Saturday): Teddy Redinger scored off a Tomas Guitierrez assist in the 55th minute as the host Dragons beat Bethany Christian Saturday to finish their regular season 12-3-1.
Argos had a 7-0 advantage in shots on goal.
Bethany Christian finishes the regular season 4-10-2.
Argos 3, Culver Academy 2 (Thursday): Devon Allen scored off a Michael Richard assist in the 66th minute to give the visiting Dragons a win over Culver Academy and clinch the Northern Indiana Soccer Conference title Thursday.
Teddy Redinger scored twice in the second half for the Dragons (11-3-1). Devon Allen and Kayden Brady each had an assist.
William Graham and Jed Lee each scored for the Eagles (5-9, 4-1 NISC).
Argos had a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal. Colton Markley had two saves, and Kurt Johnson had one save.
Argos has won the NISC in three of the last four seasons.
Culver Academy led 1-0 at halftime.
Argos 5, Andrean 0 (Sept. 26): Michael Richard and Teddy Redinger scored twice each, and Devon Allen also scored for the host Dragons in a win over Andrean Sept. 26.
Richard, Allen, Jake Stults, Gabe Stone and Cam Markley had one assist each.
Argos had a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal. Kurt Johnson had four saves for the shutout.
This was the teams’ first matchup since Argos eliminated Andrean in the 2019 regional.
Argos 7, Oregon-Davis 0 (Sept. 24): Teddy Redinger scored twice, and Tomas Guitierrez, Devon Allen, Michael Richard, Colton Markley and Tilly Hildebrandt scored once each for the No. 1 Dragons in a win over O-D at Eugene Snyder Field Sept. 24.
Cam Markley had two assists, and Gabe Stone, Jake Stults and Coleman Fishburn had one assist each.
Argos had a 20-1 advantage in shots on goal. Kurt Johnson stopped the only shot he faced for the shutout.
Argos led 5-0 at halftime.
Argos 2, Bremen 2 (Sept. 19): Devon Allen and Gabe Stone each scored for the visiting Dragons in a tie with Bremen Sept. 19.
Teddy Redinger and Michael Richard had one assist each.
Alex Alvarado and Eric Ramirez each had a goal for the Lions (6-2-1). Ramirez’s goal in the 64th minute was the equalizer after Stone had given Argos a 2-1 lead three minutes earlier.
Bremen had an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. Kurt Johnson had six saves for Argos.
Argos 3, Trinity Greenlawn 0 (Sept. 15): Teddy Redinger broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 55th minute, and he later added an assist as the host Dragons blanked Trinity Greenlawn in an NISC game Sept. 15.
Cam Markley and Michael Richard each added a goal. Devon Allen and Nate Manikowski each had an assist.
Argos (7-3, 3-0 NISC) had a 13-2 advantage in shots on goal. Colton Markley had two saves for the shutout.
Argos wins home invite (Sept. 12): The Argos boys soccer team won the Argos Invitational Sept. 12, beating Rochester 7-0 in the first round and NorthWood 4-1 in the championship game.
Cam Markley, Gabe Stone and Michael Richard had two goals each against Rochester. Teddy Redinger also scored. Stone had two assists, and Markley also had an assist. Nate Manikowski also contributed an assist.
Argos had a 13-0 advantage in shots on goal in improving to 6-3.
Argos led 5-0 at halftime.
Devon Allen, Redinger, Sean Richard and Markley each had a goal in the win over NorthWood.
“Great pass, defender was running slow, let me have it, and I just hit it and hoped it went in,” Allen said of his goal, which came off a Gabe Stone assist.
Allen, Stone and Caden Nifong each had an assist.
Sean Richard’s goal was a header off an Allen corner kick.
“Sean, the whole time we’ve been saying, ‘Get it to him,’” Allen said. “And I just hit it to him, and he finished it. He’s always getting there. … Always, always getting his head on it. … He just wants it.”
Andre DeFreitas scored for NorthWood.
Argos had a 7-6 advantage in shots on goal. Kurt Johnson had five saves in goal.
“The confidence he showed tonight… you saw it in his play, but it was also in his vocalization and his leadership skills,” Argos coach Todd VanDerWeele said. “The more he talks, the goalkeeper can theoretically see the whole field, and the more he talks, I think there’s a calm that goes over the rest of the guys. They can see things, and they relax, and it’s huge.”
Argos led 2-1 at halftime.
Argos was coming off a 5-1 loss to Plymouth three days earlier.
“DeFreitas’ goal was amazing,” VanDerWeele said. “He is a heck of a player. But to deal with that, we were high, we scored. Our guys were excited. We’ve had a rough week. I know that that Plymouth game was three days ago, but we’ve prepared for that, and they’re so good. … All that being said, I think the guys knew it was important to have a good day. We were able to get some rest in the first game, and in that second game, I think our seniors really rose to the occasion, and the other guys followed in.”
NorthWood had reached the championship game with a 2-1 win over defending Class 3A state champ Zionsville.
Zionsville blanked Rochester 8-0 in the consolation game.
Lady Dragons ranked No. 6 in final poll: The Argos girls soccer team is ranked No. 6 in the final Class 1A coaches poll of the season. Argos had been No. 6 in the previous poll as well.
Argos will play Culver at 5 p.m. Tuesday in a Class 1A, Sectional 35 quarterfinal. Argos is the only ranked team in Sectional 35.
Class 1A, Sectional 35 schedule at LaVille (Newton Park)
Culver vs. Argos, 5 p.m.
North Miami vs. Rochester, 7 p.m.
Culver-Argos winner vs. North Miami-Rochester winner, 5 p.m.
LaVille vs. Bremen, 7 p.m.
Final, 2 p.m. Saturday
Argos 2, Bethany Christian 1 (OT, Friday): Aryanna Allen scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute as the Lady Dragons wrapped up the Northern Indiana Soccer Conference title with a win over host Bethany Christian Friday.
Madisyn Barcus scored the other Argos goal off a Lilly Hines assist.
The game was tied 1-1 at halftime and at the end of regulation.
Argos 7, Bremen 0 (Sept. 26): Lilly Hines scored twice and dished out an assist as the visiting Lady Dragons beat sectional rival Bremen Sept. 26.
Hannah Trump and Madisyn Barcus each had a goal and an assist. Emma Dunlap and Elizabeth Edmonds each had a goal. Argos also scored on an own goal. Edmonds’ goal came on a penalty kick.
Madi VanDerWeele contributed an assist.
Argos had a 9-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Argos led 4-0 at halftime.
Argos 5, Westview 0 (Sept. 25): Aryanna Allen and Hannah Trump scored twice each, and Lilly Hines also scored for the visiting Lady Dragons in a win over Westview on Sept. 25.
Hines, Bella Stults, Madi VanDerWeele and Emma Dunlap had one assist each.
Argos had an 11-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Argos (8-4, 3-1 NISC) led 3-0 at halftime and then got goals from Trump and Hines in the final four minutes to complete the scoring.
Argos 7, Lakeland Christian 1 (Sept. 19): Lilly Hines and Madisyn Barcus each had a goal and an assist for the Lady Dragons in a win over Lakeland Christian in Winona Lake Sept. 19.
Sydney Shepherd, Bella Stults, Madi VanDerWeele, Hannah Trump and Sophia Austin each added a goal for Argos (7-4, 3-1 NISC). Shepherd’s goal came on a penalty kick.
Cailey Markley and Aryanna Allen each had an assist.
Argos had a 13-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Argos led 5-0 at halftime.
Argos 4, LaVille 1 (Sept. 17): LaVille scored first, but the visiting Lady Dragons rallied for the win at Newton Park in Lakeville Sept. 17.
Madisyn Barcus scored twice, and Lilly Hines also scored for Argos. The Lady Dragons also scored on an own goal.
Bella Stults, Aryanna Allen and Emma Dunlap each had assists. Barcus’ goal on a header that tied the game 1-1 came off a Stults assist on a corner kick.
Argos had a 13-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Argos led 3-1 at halftime.
Argos 2, Eastbrook 1 (Sept. 12): Aryanna Allen and Hannah Trump scored in an eight-minute span in the second half as the visiting Lady Dragons topped Eastbrook Sept. 12.
Allen’s goal came on a shot outside the box. Trump’s goal came on a rebound.
After a scoreless first half, Eastbrook scored to take a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute.
Argos had a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Argos was ranked No. 6 in the final Class 1A coaches poll of the season; Eastbrook was ranked No. 4.
Bethany Christian def. Argos, 25-9, 25-9, 25-15 (Friday)
Culver def. Argos, 25-16, 25-11, 25-12 (Thursday)
LaVille def. Argos, 25-12, 25-7, 25-16 (Sept. 29)
Caston def. Argos, 25-7, 25-22, 25-16 (Sept. 21)
Culver def. Argos, 25-18, 25-17 (Sept. 19, Tri-Central Invitational)
Tri-Central def. Argos, 25-10, 25-14 (Sept. 19, Tri-Central Invitational)
Morristown def. Argos, 25-10, 25-12 (Sept. 19, Tri-Central Invitational)