The Knights girls soccer squad played the visiting Terre Haute North Patriots to a standstill for nearly 80 minutes. In fact, 79:51.5 was the exact time that Northview played the Patriots even, but the game lasts a full 80 minutes.
North freshman Erin Pugh sent home a goal mouth cross from fellow freshman Samantha Meiseel with just 9.5 seconds remaining on the clock to break a scoreless deadlock.
"It was a good game," commented Northview coach Don Bryan. "I have no complaints, it was just one of those things, it's unfortunate."
The final goal spoiled what was otherwise an excellent defensive contest for the Knights who rotated athletes with regularity in heat and humidity that combined for a triple digit heat index.
Neither team had many serious scoring opportunities in the first half. Northview Kelsey Haring had perhaps the best chance at about the 30 minute mark when she picked up a loose ball and sent a shot off a defender near the goal from about 15 yards away.
Shonna Barnett also had an opportunity with 18 minutes left before the break but her shot trickled wide of the goal.
In the second half, North got their offense going and Northview goal keeper Bethany Fagg made several tough saves on point blank shots, but she held tough under pressure.
Barnett and Rachel Deal combined for a two-on-one opportunity late in the game as the two beat the defense into the box. Deal didn't quite get off as strong a shot as she wanted and the North keeper scooped up the chance.
Haring got another chance with just over 10 minutes remaining when she took a pass into open space and found herself one-on-one from a sharp angle to the left side of the goal. She took her shot to the far corner but it came up just wide setting up the final Patriot heroics.
"If we can just put the little things together I think this can be our best team," commented Bryan afterwards. "We had good teamwork tonight but we just couldn't get our combinations together."
The Knights defense was the star of the game on Thursday. Northview had 24 steals in the game topped by Cecilia Latta and Ahnya Alstott who each had four. Fagg had 11 saves in goal for Northview.
"We never quite got into the flow tonight," said Bryan. "Once we get there we'll be sitting pretty. I thought Kelsey Scroggins played a gutsy game (at stopper) with an ankle that is only about 75% and Sam Brown did as well."
The Knights (0-1 overall) will play at Monrovia on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m.
T.H. North 1, Northview 0
THN -- Pugh (Meiseel), 79:51