By CAREY FOX
TERRE HAUTE -- Northview overcame a steady drizzle and a stingy West Vigo defense to advance to the semifinals of the Terre Haute South Girls Soccer Sectional with a 1-0 win on Thursday night.
"This is a good win for us," commented Northview coach Don Bryan. "We're happy to be moving on. I saw some good things tonight and some things we can work on. But I'm glad to get another shot at South Vermillion."
The victory moves them into a Saturday semifinal game with the Western Indiana Conference champion Wildcats at approximately noon at Terre Haute South High School.
The Knights controlled the offensive action for the large percentage of the game and made a goal in the first three minutes of the game stand up for the duration of the contest.
Much like last week's final regular season game in which Northview got a goal in the first minute of the game, the Knights put up a goal at the 37:37 mark of the first half when Elise Sterrett drove home a shot off of a Cecilia Latta corner kick. Sterrett's shot found the corner of the net and the Knights were quickly out front.
No one realized however that the goal would have to stand up for another 77 minutes of regulation.
West Vigo's defense would bend often, but would not break again as the Vikings swarmed to Northview's midfielders and forwards when they approached the goal.
Northview had their opportunities on a handful of one-on-one opportunities off long passes through the middle. But more often than not West Vigo was able to get a defender in the way to deflect and harass the Knight's near the goal.
"I thought we controlled the ball well tonight," commented Bryan. "We had our opportunities but we were just a little off on some passes. The thought was there and I'm happy with the chances we got."
Erin Whitmore, Chcarra Yockey and Shonna Barnett spent a great deal of time hauling in passes in West Vigo's zone on Thursday night but just weren't quite able to get an open look at the net.
But on the flipside, neither did the Vikings.
Northview's defenders shut down West Vigo, holding them to just a handful of shots that the Knight's keeper, Bethany Fagg, had little difficulty handling.
Fagg, who became the Knight's all-time minutes played leader in the victory, posted the shutout and was really only tested once the game and that came very late in the second half.
Off a direct kick by West Vigo senior Abby Nickles, the Vikings got a couple of cracks at a loose ball in the thick of Northview's defenders in the box. But eventually the Knights cleared the ball and finished off their victory.