- Soccer ties while tennis, volleyball and football get wins -
The entire season the Northview boys soccer team has battled injuries and illness and still hasn't put their entire projected starting lineup on the field. So coach Todd LaComba has been forced to move various players around in the lineup to get the best combination.
Monday night he struck on a very resilient group.
LaComba's biggest two moves were moving senior defender Shawn Piatt out to the front line along with top shelf goalkeeper Mitch Mershon.
The move proved to be a good one as Piatt tallied a hat trick, including a key penalty kick goal that tied the contest with just 1:09 remaining. That direct kick resulted from a huge throw-in from Mershon that flew from sideline directly into the box, taking an Owen Valley defender by surprise with a handball call resulting.
Piatt drilled home the shot high and off of Patriot keeper, Tyler Stutsman's hands to cap a 4-4 tie.
"I was really happy that these guys fought hard for this one," commented LaComba. "Earlier in the year, behind two goals they might have laid down, but we dug in and tied the score 2-2 at halftime."
Northview did seem a bit shell-shocked as Owen Valley came out early and put two shots home behind sophomore keeper Jacob Andrews.
But the Knights regrouped and fired back, the first goal coming on a nice shot by Mershon on a direct kick on the first Patriot hand ball of the game.
Mershon's shot curled just over the wall and dropped home below the cross-bar to narrow the gap to 2-1.
Piatt's first tally came after another hand ball call, this one on Stutsman who had carried the ball outside of his box. Piatt fired home the shot to knot the score at two apiece.
In the second half, Piatt gave Northview the lead in the second half when his heads up follow of his shot paid off when Stutsman bobbled the shot and gave him another chance that he did not miss. However, the lead was short lived as Owen Valley came back in a matter of seconds on a goal by Ricardo May.
The Knights continued to dominate play in the Patriot's end with a variety of shots by Piatt and Neil Brown going just wide. But Owen Valley was the team who got the next goal of the game on a ball that curled towards Andrews to the near post and was ruled inside the goal line giving the Patriots a 4-3 lead with four minutes remaining.
Owen Valley responded by dropping most of their players deep into defensive coverage.
Mershon's header with three minutes left went just wide before Piatt's fateful tying goal.
"Shawn (Piatt) has good speed and I knew that Dustin Jorgensen has the ability to fill in at defense," commented LaComba. "They'll (the offense) still need some time together but I feel confident in their abilities."
For the Knights, Andrews had 10 saves in goal and Jorgensen had an assist. Kyle Russell had 20 saves/steals while marking Owen Valley's May.
Northview will face Edgewood on the road Thursday evening at 5 p.m.
Northview 3, Rockville 2
Despite a loss at No. 1 singles, the Northview Knights rebounded to defeat Rockville at home, three matches to two on Monday night.
Cody Melega defeated Tyler Michael at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1 and Jacob Talbot and Jeremy Miller won 6-3, 6-3 to tie the match as the Knights doubles team dropped their match to the Rox.
But in the final match of the night, Shawn Hughes came through at No. 3 singles with a three-set, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory to give Northview the win.
"Shawn (Hughes) started off strong in the third set," commented coach Tim Davis. "He had an excellent serve and volley match."
In junior varsity action, Ben Mitchell won both of his matches versus Rockville opponents.
The Knights (4-4 overall) will travel to Edgewood tonight for a 5 p.m. match.
Northview 3, West Vigo 2
The Northview Knights evened their Western Indiana Conference record on Monday night with a five-set victory over West Vigo, 21-7, 18-21, 17-21, 21-18, 15-7.
The Knights got 22 assists from Erica Koehler who also had 20 service points of which eight were aces and added eight digs with two kills. Laura McCrea added seven service points with four aces and seven kills.
Christy Fulk topped the team with 10 kills in the game and also had four service points with three aces and six blocks. Natalie Shoemaker was second on the team with seven assists and had three digs and four points. Casey Challandes had six kills and Lindsey Stearley added five kills.
Northview (5-8 overall, 2-2 WIC) will be off until next Monday when they face Clay City at home.
Northview 27, Owen Valley 6
Jamie Bays intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble and running back Cory Grigsby added two touchdown runs as Northview's junior varsity football team won 27-6 over Owen Valley on Monday night.
Grigsby opened the scoring on the evening before the Patriots tied the score.
Quarterback Aaron Bays gave Knights the lead for good in the second quarter on a short touchdown run before halftime.
In the second half, leading 13-6, the Northview defense made a key fourth-and-one stop on their own 11-yard line and marched the length of the field for Grigsby's second score with 6:01 remaining in the game.
Jimmy Clancy recorded the clinching score on a six-yard run that was setup by a long Dustin Helwig catch.
The Knights (2-2 overall) will host Linton next Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m.