McCutcheon Athletics had a busy late September Saturday, with Soccer, Cross-Country, Golf, and Volleyball all donning the Cardinal Red and Gold in several IHSAA events. Here’s the Round-Up of what ended up being a Championship Saturday for several Mavs:
Girls Soccer took to Kokomo’s beautiful multi-field complex in hopes of reclaiming the NCC trophy they’ve held since defeating Harrison during last year’s Conference Championship. But before they could set their sites on the Raiders, the Lady Mavs first had to vanquish the Red Devils of Richmond HS. The Mavs took the lead early and never looked back as they controlled the ball throughout the match. The team looked polished scoring 8 total goals off of free kicks, corners, rebounds and PK’s. Autumn Hogue and the backline of the defense were perfect all match and secured an 8-0 shutout to earn a rematch versus Harrison in the Championship round.
Goals vs RHS: M. Van Hook, B. Roberts, M. Escobar (2), H. Neibert (2), B. Ramirez (2)
Resting several hours after their Semi-final victory, the Lady Mavs had plenty of time to mentally prepare for another bout in what has become a competitive and intense rivalry with the Harrison Raiders. These two teams have been so evenly matched in recent years that the matches have gone right down to the wire; usually with a title on the line. Saturday night was no different, with each touch of the ball keeping the Maverick fans on the edge of their seats.
At the end of the 1st half, the score remained 0-0, with both teams only taking 2 shots apiece. The ball continued to stay in the middle of the field for the majority of the 2nd half, with neither team finding the back of the net. Overtime rules for the NCC tourney consist of two 7-minute halves, regardless of goals scored (i.e. no “Golden Goal” rule). After extra time the match was still nil-nil and the fate of the NCC title rested on Penalty Kicks. Coach Branko felt very confident with senior keeper Autumn Hogue in the net and senior boots, Kendra Brewer, Brittney Crowe, Evalin Hair, and Ashley Craig focused on winning another NCC Championship. In the PK round, Harrison had a couple of early misses, while the Lady Mavs found the back of the ‘ol onion bag 4 consecutive times to win the match! Congrats to the Lady Mavs Soccer, 2019 NCC Champs!
The Boys Soccer team also went unblemished at Kokomo during the all-day NCC Tourney. Due to regular-season losses, the Mavs were relegated out of the championship bracket but had plenty to play for with Sectionals set to begin on Monday, Oct 7th.
The first match-up of the day was against the Muncie Central Bearcats. The Mavs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead at the half and never relinquished the lead. The second half was another onslaught of Maverick goals, highlighted by a deep score off the foot of senior Jackson Williams who bombed one in from outside the box.
Goals vs MCHS: A. Bernardez (2), A. Gutierrez, C. Diaz, J. Williams, J. Fultz, K. Williams, C. Mitcham
The 5th place match between Anderson and the Mavs was a more evenly fought match. The half time scoreboard showed 0-0 with both teams missing their shots on goal. As the 2nd half wound down, the Mavs were facing a 1-nil deficit. With 4 minutes left in the match, frosh Wilson Bernardez centered a nice touch into junior Jake Fultz who hammered home the equalizer to extend the game into overtime. In the extra minutes, junior Alan Bernardez launched a throw-in into the box and fellow junior Carlos Diaz scored the go-ahead header for a 2-1 Mavericks win!
The Lady Mavs Volleyball team headed to the Region for the competitive Crown Point Invitational. The Lady Mavs made quick work of pool play, securing wins over Mishawaka Marian (25-18, 25-15); Kankakee Valley (25-9, 25-10); and host Crown Point (25-15, 20-25, 15-12). With their pool play success, McCutcheon earned a rematch with week-one opponent, Zionsville. Tournament hardware was on the line, and the 22-1 Volleyball team showed why they’ve been a Top-5 team for most of the season. The Lady Mavs jumped out to a strong first set win, and rode a big 3rd set rally to a (25-16, 22-25, 15-10) tourney championship win! Senior Brooke Humphrey was named tourney MVP, and freshman Chloe Chicoine and junior Sheridan Phillips earned All-Tourney honors.
The JV Volleyball team also took to the road for the Alexandria-Monroe Invitational and won the championship with wins over Huntington North and Pendelton Heights.
Girls Golf played their Regional round at a rain-soaked Battleground Golf Course. About an hour prior to the round, the sun came out and provided some nice conditions to compliment the softened greens. The Lady Mavs took advantage of the course conditions and fired a season-low (389); placing 12th out of 18 teams.
Playing smart and making great decisions was the theme for the day, and that’s just what the ladies did. The Mavs were led by senior Sarah Spalding 91 (career-best), junior Kayci Barkers 98 (personal best), seniors Hanna Miller and Madison Matz both shot 100. Hannah Heimbach rounded out the team with a 110. As the season comes to an end, Coach Spalding would like to say, “thank you, seniors, for showing great leadership and PRIDE in the Lady Mav’s Golf program.”
The JV members of the boys’ cross country team competed at the Golden Bear Invitational this past weekend. The Mavericks placed four runners in the top 10 and eight in the top 15 of the race. Top 10 finishers were junior Ja’xon Sibley in 6th, freshman Dan Sanson in 4th, junior Andrew Riehle in 3rd, and sophomore Jared Stewart in 2nd.