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Friday, August 20, 2004

Jordan Pond attempts to control a free ball while a Crawfordsville midfielder attempts the steal.

After bowing to Terre Haute North in their season opener on Tuesday afternoon things didn't get any earlier facing visiting Crawfordsville at home Thursday.

The Knights got off to a slow start early in the game and wasn't able to recover in a 4-0 defeat.

"We struggled out of the gate," said coach Todd LaComba. "We were a little hesitant in the beginning. On the 50/50 balls we just weren't getting there and were backing off a little bit."

The Knights managed to stay close despite much of the action taking place in their defensive zone in the first half.

Crawfordsville drew a penalty kick at the 28:38 mark on a foul in the box, but was unable to convert as Christian Rodriguez's shot went wide left of the goal.

However, at the 14:03 mark a shot from outside the box got past goal keeper Taylor Montague to give the Athenians a 1-0 lead. They would add to that shortly thereafter, taking a 2-0 advantage into halftime.

The Knights would finally get untracked in the second half to a degree in the second half.

"Honestly, we were firing on all cylinders in the second half," said LaComba. "For about 35 minutes we played really well until we lost Michael (Gallion) to injury."

Gallion, a freshman defender, was injured in the second half and according to LaComba, the Knights play suffered directly.

"I was really proud of how they played for those 35 minutes, but when Michael left it disrupted our defense. We switched around a little and it really showed."

The Athenians would tally another pair of goals in the second half to pick up the victory.

In the second half the Knights were able to mount a more consistent offensive attack versus Crawfordsville as Jordan Pond and Shane Boyd each had a shot on goal and John Latta tallied a pair of shots.

Montague had 18 saves in goal for the Knights who will travel to Frankfort for a tournament on Saturday. Northview (0-2 overall) faces Broad Ripple in the opener.

Northview girls soccer

T.H. North 1, Northview 0

In their season opener the Northview Knights came up just short in their bid for a victory over Terre Haute North.

The Patriots tallied a goal in the second half to take home the win.

"We just didn't get enough shots," commented coach Don Bryan. "We have some little things to work on. (Terre Haute North) played a better game and we basically played not to lose."

The Knights got 15 saves from keeper Bethany Fagg who actually got a hand on the winning goal.

In junior varsity action, the Knights picked up a 4-0 victory as freshman Sarah Roeschlein recorded a hat trick and junior Kelsey Haring scored a goal.

"The JV looked really good tonight," Bryan said. "We have a lot of girls who are looking to play up. We're still trying to figure out our rotations."

Christina Arvin had five saves in goal to pick up the shutout.

The Knights will host Monrovia on Wednesday evening.

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