-Boys team falls to Greencastle
After failing to get their offense untracked in their opening contest versus Terre Haute North, the Monrovia Bulldogs got the brunt of the Northview attack on Wednesday.
The Knights tallied three goals and narrowly missed on a handful of other opportunities in defeating Monrovia 3-0.
Senior Erin Whitmore and freshman Sarah Roeshlein provided constant pressure on the Bulldog defense along with freshman Ashley Woodcox and Shauna Spencer up front.
Whitmore got the Knights on the board first with an assist by Woodcox in the first half as Northview provided most of the offensive threats.
"I thought our midfield played well tonight," commented Coach Don Bryan of his squad. "We're still working on some things, but we had some great movement and some nice passes. Pretty much all the way across the midfield each of the girls played well."
Roeshlein was the next to find net with a shot as she went one-on-one with a Monrovia defender outside the box. She was able to beat the defender to her left and drove to within 15 yards out and chipped a shot just under the crossbar at the 16:36 mark of the first half. Roeshlein's goal came with an assist by Maureen Crispin who was a factor in much of the action for the Knights.
Roeshlein narrowly missed a follow up tally shortly after her goal when she fired a shot off the near crossbar with 12 minutes remaining in the half. The rebound found its way down in front of the goal but the ball was deflected away from the goal mouth.
In the second half the opportunities kept coming for the Knights with Whitmore making a handful of nice runs to the goal, but wasn't quite able to put another score home. However, she was rewarded with a penalty kick opportunity just 10 minutes into the second half when she was taken down in the box by the Monrovia keeper.
Limping to top of the box, Whitmore's shot, low and to the left corner, was stopped by Monrovia's keeper.
The Bulldogs' best chance came with 25 minutes left in the game when a crossing pass found its way in front of the goal to a cluster of players. A couple of point blank shots were fired into the group but the Knights were able to clear the opportunity away.
Northview continued to pepper Monrovia with chances in the latter stages of the game, one on a shot by Vanessa Modesitt who shot wide of the goal and another shot was deflected over the net.
However, Woodcox' efforts up front were rewarded at the 19:46 mark when she fired a low, strong shot towards net that was first handled by the keeper before a bobble allowed the ball to trickle in for the Knights' third score of the game. The assist came from Ahnya Alstott on the play.
ChCarra Yockey, Alstott and Marsha Krisenko each had narrow misses late in the game for Northview.
For the game, Kelsey Scroggins had six steals to lead the team with Krisenko and Lexee Hayes each adding four. Whitmore led the squad with eight shots and Roeshlein added five.
Bethany Fagg had 11 saves in the game to pick up the shutout for the Knights.
Northview (1-1 overall) will travel to Evansville this weekend for a Saturday tournament.
Greencastle 2, Northview 0
Northview battled the traditionally strong Greencastle Tiger Cubs to the wire on Wednesday night before succumbing 2-0 on the road.
The Knights fought the host club to a scoreless deadlock at halftime despite the hot, humid gametime conditions.
"It was really super hot and humid which made it a little tough," Coach Todd LaComba commented. "I think the guys were a little tired early since we really hadn't practiced much this year in this type of heat. But they responded well."
According to LaComba, the Knights had many of the best chances on offense in the first half. "We had a lot of good opportunities and possibly could have been up by two or three goals, but our forwards and mids just didn't crash the net for rebounds."
In the second half, the Tiger Cubs were able to score the game's first goal with about 15 minutes remaining on a play that injured Northview keeper Taylor Montague who had 12 saves in the game.
The Tiger Cubs then got a penalty kick opportunity just minutes later against replacement keeper Jacob Lynch that made the score 2-0.
Jarius Martinez had two shots on goal and Michael Gallion added one. Stephen Brannen and Kyle Russell also had shots in the contest.
The Knights will play a JV contest versus Cascade on Tuesday night and the varsity will face West Vigo on Thursday.