Tuesday night's soccer game against Sullivan provided many reasons for fans and players alike to celebrate as Northview handled Sullivan 1-0 on Senior Night.
Even better for the Knights was providing the Golden Arrows' first Western Indiana Conference loss of the season which gives Northview a shot at a tie for first in the conference if they can win out and the Arrows drop one more game.
Shaun Hardy provided the lone score of the game in the first half and Northview's defense kept Sullivan from finding an equalizer through some tense moments in the final couple of minutes.
Goalkeeper Jacob Lynch made several big saves in the game, including a leaping save on a curling shot to the upper corner of the goal.
"Jacob (Lynch) had five saves for us tonight and not one of them wasn't a critical one for us," commented coach Todd LaComba.
Playing with the all-important wind at their back in the second half, Sullivan applied heavy pressure over the last couple of minutes of the game as Northview's defense scrambled successfully to deny the Arrows a tying goal. "This is a big win," said LaComba afterwards. "(Sullivan) is a much improved team. They have a great feeder program, maybe even better than Terre Haute North or South. They have a great grasp of their traveling teams."
The Knights however were the ones celebrating not only a victory and the careers of seniors Stephen Brannan, Wade Thacker, Kyle Russell, Brock Crooks, Trent Piatt and Eli Ratcliff, but coach LaComba surpassing Don Bryan as the winningest coach in boys soccer at Northview.
With the victory, Northview improves to 6-9 overall and 4-2 in the WIC with a game on the road against Monrovia on Monday.