The Northview soccer team fared considerably better in round two of their matchup with Terre Haute South this season. But they were still unable to get past the Braves in Monday night's Terre Haute North Sectional, falling 5-0.
The outcome was much better than a 10-0 defeat that the Braves posted on Northview earlier this season and is a testament to how important it was for the Knights to have a nearly healthy squad for the sectional opener.
The Knights actually trailed just 1-0 at the halftime break though South controlled much of the offensive flow of the game throughout the half. The Braves put a great deal of pressure on Northview's Jacob Andrews in goal.
Andrews was certainly one of highlights of Northview's game as he made a wealth of huge saves, including a handful of point blank stops on South's talented offensive front.
"I give a lot of credit tonight to Jacob (Andrews)," said Northview coach Todd LaComba. "He made a lot of great saves tonight and some one-handed diving stops that were incredible."
Indeed, though Northview's defense did a great job of forcing the Braves to take most of their shots from outside 20 yards, Andrews was in constant action across the goal mouth with his defense blocking a large number of shots from South's forwards.
The Knights were able to hold them at bay until there was just 12 minutes remaining in the half when South midfielder Greg Smith received a ball at the top of the Northview box and spun off his defender for a quick, low shot that found the corner of the net for the Braves lone score of the half.
"This was a really tough game," noted LaComba. "The Braves are really persistent and patient on offense. They like to work the ball around until they have a good, open shot and they'll take it.
South got few open looks in the first 40 minutes, but with the Knights taking so much pressure on the defensive side of the field, the wear finally took effect in the second half.
With Dustin Jorgensen going down with a first half leg injury, the Knights were down one starter already heading into the second half when the Braves kept up their pressure.
Smith scored the second Braves' goal with a low shot that caught the inside corner of the goal post and went in for a 2-0 South advantage
The Knights hurt themselves on the next goal as a clearing attempt on a Braves' shot was deflected in by a Northview defender.
Senior Mitch Mershon later played a ball just wide on a nice run to South's offensive area. Mershon's sliding shot attempt when several feet wide of the net in the Knight's best scoring attempt.
The Braves were able to add a pair of other goals in the latter part of the half to create the final margin.