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Indiana Tech’s Alex Field tries to score with a header as Saint Francis’ Emily Richardson defends in front of goalkeeper Abbie Christian during their match in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival at Hefner Field.
Soccer Festival notebook

Tech freshman shines in debut

– It’s not unusual for kids to sneak onto the soccer field to take a couple shots during college matches.

Anyone who saw an Indiana Tech women’s soccer game in the last four years might have noticed a girl blasting curving shots into the net. That was Tori Singstock.

And now she is playing for the Warriors.

In her regular-season debut Saturday, the freshman netted three goals in a 5-1 victory over Saint Francis at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival.

“She’s always been with the team,” Warriors coach Jim Lipocky said. “It would be halftime and Tori would be hitting balls from outside the 18, putting them in the corners and the girls would be like, ‘Wow, she’s really good.’ ”

Singstock had been a staple at Warriors games because of his older sister, Rikki, who is a senior midfielder.

The Singstocks, who are from Southgate, Mich., combined for four goals at Hefner Field.

“We knew all about Tori, and we’re really fortunate to have her,” Lipocky said. “The sisters are different, definitely different (from one another). Rikki is level-leaded, more of a calming influence for the team. Tori is young and she just goes. She doesn’t think too much about it, but Rikki is the voice in the back of her head, ‘Hey, next time do this.’ Then Tori will be like, ‘OK.’ ”

Tori Singstock opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the eighth minute and scored with a low cross in the 39th minute.

Saint Francis’ Jordan Kyle scored in the 48th minute, but Rikki Singstock’s header made it 3-1 in the 57th minute.

The only other player to score was Indiana Tech’s Natalie Zimmerman.

It had been five years since Indiana Tech beat Saint Francis at the Soccer Festival, no one was sure what the protocol was to retrieve the trophy from the Cougars. (The Indiana Tech men defeated Saint Francis earlier in the festival.)

And tournament organizer Terry Stefankiewicz addressed the Warriors afterward, telling them, “We never imagined that this trophy would end up meaning so much to you all. Congratulations.”

Tori Singstock had multiple offers to play for Division I schools but chose the Warriors.

“Through the years, my sister was encouraging me to come here, but it was ultimately my choice,” she said.

“I didn’t expect to score (like this) in my first game; I was just looking forward to helping my team.”

Few women’s matches

While there have been years in which several women’s college teams have played at the Soccer Festival, the past two years, there have been only the Indiana Tech-vs.-Saint Francis matches.

Why is that?

“We sometimes have a difficult time because of when NCAA Division I soccer starts,” Stefankiewicz said. “It’s still preseason for the men, so that works out for us, but getting the women’s games can be difficult logistically.”

Around the pitch

In high school boys matches, Canterbury defeated Dewitt 4-0; Bishop Luers beat North Central 3-1; Concordia beat Eaton Rapids 3-0; DeKalb topped Snider 4-0; Grand Ledge beat Norwell 4-0; and North Side played Kalida (Ohio) to a scoreless tie.

In girls matches, Snider defeated Goshen 1-0; Bishop Dwenger beat Noblesville 2-1; Carroll topped Leo 2-0; Warsaw beat Concordia 2-0; Homestead defeated Westfield 1-0; Carroll beat Noblesville 3-0; Snider topped Bellmont 3-1; Westfield won 5-0 over Leo; Northrop beat Blackhawk 3-0; Goshen defeated Concordia 3-0; Canterbury topped DeKalb 2-0; Homestead beat Blackhawk 7-0; Canterbury defeated Northrop 1-0; and Warsaw beat DeKalb 3-0.

jcohn@jg.net

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