One game the defense is stingy and the offense is missing a cylinder and another contest shows how quickly the Knights can put up numbers on the scoreboard while the defense is a step slow. Northview's girls soccer team hasn't quite put both halves of the game together for 80 minutes just yet, but oh when they do!
The Knights won a game and were close in two others during a tournament in Evansville this weekend because their defense played solidly. On Wednesday, the offense came to life for three goals, but the defense wasn't quite on full blast and allowed five goals in a 5-3 defeat to Danville.
Northview gave up a pair of first half goals, one after a low goal kick was retrieved by freshman Naomi Barsic who swept a shot low to the corner past Bethany Fagg in goal.
The second Warrior score came when senior center mid Jessica Grove received a pass out front of the Northview defenders who were unable to catch the speedy striker. She would dribble in before firing a shot into the upper corner for a 2-0 lead.
The Knights offense got untracked at the 5:15 mark as Erin Whitmore fired a close range shot of the cross-bar before diligently tracking down the rebound and chipping it past Danville's keeper.
She would knot the score for the Knights early in the second half when she beat her defender from the top of the penalty area and crossed a shot home past the keeper.
But the Warriors would respond on a pair of long goals scored by Bonnie Neilson who chased home long balls and beat Northview's Fagg on one-on-one shots to put Danville up 4-2 at the 27:10 mark.
Even still, the Knights fought diligently and their work paid off as senior Rachel Deal made a nice run from close to midfield, beating her defender and drilling a shot off the Warrior keeper's hands to narrow the gap to just 4-3 with 16:55 left in the game.
However, the Knights would suffer a handball call just inside the box with only 10 minutes remaining that would result in a penalty kick for Grove.
Fagg would make an excellent save on the initial shot, but the ball would trickle past for the final Warrior goal.
"This is just one of those that slipped away," said Northview coach Don Bryan. "We made good adjustments and changes, but it slipped away. I thought Sage (Graverson), (Kelsey) Scroggins, Stephanie Hoke, (C.C.) Latta and Deal played very well tonight."
Northview had 17 shots on goal topped by Whitmore's five and Deal's four while Fagg had 13 saves in the game.
The Knights (2-4 overall) will face Sullivan next Wednesday on the road beginning at 5 p.m.
Danville 5, Northview 3
D -- Barsic goal, 27:27
D -- Grove goal, 16:35
NV -- Whitmore goal, 5:15
NV -- Whitmore goal, 35:29
D -- Neilson goal, 28:35
D -- Neilson goal, 27:10
NV -- Deal goal, 16:55
D -- Grove PK goal, 10:03
Northview 3, Linton 2
The Northview tennis team moved over .500 on Wednesday night with a 3-2 victory over visiting Linton.
In singles action, Tyler Akers was a convincing winner, 6-0, 6-3 over Linton's No. 1 singles player Drew Dunkerly. Cody Melega was a straight set winner, 6-0, 6-0 over Ryan Baker and No. 2 doubles players Stefan Kiefer and Ben Mitchell battled for a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win to sway the victory the Knights direction.
"Tyler (Akers) and Cody (Melega) are both playing well right now," said Northview coach Tim Davis. "Tyler is playing an all-court game, hitting behind his opponent and hitting some nice crossing shots. Cody is playing real steady and keeping the ball in play as well as bettering his serve."
At No. 3 singles, Shawn Hughes fell short versus Caleb Dunkerly, 3-6, 0-6 and No. 1 doubles team Jeremy Miller and Jacob Talbot dropped a 3-6, 0-6 decision.
The Knights (3-2 overall) will face Greencastle on the road next Wednesday.