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Wildcats down Knights and Braves for sectional title

Monday, October 20, 2003

Cassie Webb and the her Northview teammates advanced to Saturday's sectional semifinals before losing 2-1 to South Vermillion.

TERRE HAUTE -- For the second consecutive season, Northview fell to the South Vermillion Wildcats in the semifinals of the soccer sectional.

The Knights fell behind 2-0 in the first half against the Wildcats and despite closing to within a goal with 25 minutes remaining in the second half, couldn't gain the equalizer, falling 2-1.

With a strong wind blowing, offensive chances were mostly limited to the squad with the wind at their backs. All three goals were scored by the team who had the wind with the Wildcats getting on the board first.

Kylee Wood opened the scoring at 28:22 with a long shot from about 30 yards out soaring just under the crossbar over Northview goaltender, Bethany Fagg's arms.

Just nine minutes later the Wildcats got a breakaway from Wood on a counterattack after a Northview rush. Wood put home a shot in the corner to take a 2-0 lead at the half.

In the second half, Northview had the best offensive chances with Cecilia Latta getting the Knight's goal on a direct kick from 25 yards out. Her shot found its way over a South Vermillion wall and under the crossbar to narrow the score to 2-1.

Despite a feverish rush over the final minutes the Knights weren't able to even the score in what was a physical second half of play.

"We had a nice effort," said Don Bryan, Northview head coach. "It's just a bad way for the seniors to go out."

The Knights finish with an 8-10-1 overall mark this season.

In the championship game, the Wildcats faced Terre Haute South in what was a 94 minute scoreless battle through 80 minutes of regulation and two seven minute overtime periods.

South Vermillion would win the championship via a 5-3 edge in penalty kicks.

The Wildcats advance to Wednesday's Mooresville Regional.

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