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PLYMOUTH â€” Plymouth finished second place in the B Group at the Blueberry Festival Boys Soccer Tournament, missing the championship to Kankakee Valley on a score differential criterion Monday.
The Rockies beat South Bend Clay 3-0 Monday, while Kankakee Valley beat Lakeland Christian 6-4 to clinch the group championship. LaVille won the Group A championship, meanwhile, with victories over Culver Community, Mishawaka and Winamac, including the Lancersâ€™ 5-1 win over the Cavaliers Monday.
Plymouth tied with Kankakee Valley 2-2 in its first game and edged out Lakeland Christian 2-1 in its second game Saturday to stay in championship contention heading into Mondayâ€™s final round.
Oscar Aguilar scored a pair of unassisted goals in the 18th and 46th minutes as the Rockies battled to a draw with eventual champion Kankakee Valley.
â€śThat was a tough one. We gave up a penalty kick in the first half and went down 2-0 and had to chase that game,â€ť said Plymouth Head Boys Soccer Coach Josh Martin. â€śThat was one of those games that we talk about showing some spine. Our kids did a really good job of finding Oscar up front. He was real patient, he beat a couple guys one on one, kept his composure and put two away.â€ť
Andrew Youst scored on a Maynor Aleano assist for Plymouth to tie up the Rockiesâ€™ contest with Lakeland 1-1 in the fourth minute. Alex Orellana found the back of the net on a Doug Andrews helper in the 36th minute, and Plymouth held off Lakeland to become the eventual runner-up at the tourney.
Defender Kyle Barry was carted off after overheating early in the contest as temperatures reached over 100 degrees.
â€śAt halftime we were definitely talking about managing that game, that we didnâ€™t need extra goals,â€ť said Martin. â€śThis was our game to throw away or win based on the kind of decisions that we made. It was tough all day because it was really brutal hotâ€¦ It was tough; it was hard to keep consistency in the game just because youâ€™d have guys in for 10 minutes and then you have to bring them out.â€ť
The Rockies will play on the road at Argos Wednesday.
â€˘ BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
Mishawaka 7, Winamac 0; LaVille 5, Culver 1
Plymouth 3, Clay 0; Kankakee Valley 6, Lakeland Christian 4
Winamac 4, Culver 4; LaVille 3, Mishawaka 2; LaVille 9, Winamac 0; Mishawaka 3, Culver 0
Plymouth 2, Kankakee Valley 2; Lakeland Christian 8, Clay 0; Plymouth 2, Lakeland Christian 1; Kankakee Valley 12, Clay 0