If Tuesday's opening soccer game for Northview is any indication, the Knights will be quite a handful for upcoming opponents.
After losing handily in nearly every meeting with Terre Haute North over the past 10 years, the Knights played the Patriots tough in a 2-0 defeat.
"It's frustrating," admitted coach Todd LaComba. "We've never beaten them before, but we've been outclassed in the past. That didn't happen today. We knew we were in it. I don't think we'd mind getting the draw versus them in the sectional."
The Knights had their own opportunities to score in the match, including a stretch near the end of the second half where Northview controlled much of the play in the Patriots' end while they protected their advantage.
Senior midfielder, Shane Boyd just missed putting Northview on the board in the first half, just under 15 minutes in as John Latta gained possession of the ball in the box and pushed a pass across to Boyd that was smothered by the North keeper in a nice play.
Northview keeper, Taylor Montague made some nice saves of his own, including a diving save on a one-on-one opportunity by the Patriots with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
With 3:30 remaining in the first half, Jairus Martinez played a long ball forward to Brandon Hathaway whose shot skipped wide of the net to keep the score at nil in the first half.
The Patriots would get a bit of luck in their favor in the second half at the 36:54 mark when a scrum in the Northview box resulted in a free ball that was deflected into the net by the Knights to put Terre Haute North up by a goal.
John Latta of the Knights would get a chance at a direct kick from just outside of the North box when he was hauled down from behind with 35:30 left. Latta's quick shot, in an attempt to beat North's defense that was setting up a wall, sailed a bit high of the mark.
The Patriots would get their second goal of the game on a long pass forward to space in the Northview defensive zone that found a friendly North foot that beat Montague to the corner for a score with 23 minutes left in the game.
At that point, the Knights got had perhaps their best scoring chance when Lucas Boyd's drilled a shot from the top of the box that skipped off the Patriot's crossbar, deflecting away the Knights best shot at a score.
"I think the guys feel that we had a shot at them," said LaComba. "We were looking to make the most of our shots tonight."
Northview got four shots from Martinez and a pair from Boyd and both Shaun Hardey and Jordan Pond had five defensive saves. In net, Montague had nine saves for the Knights.
"I definitely think we've got a lot of promise," mentioned LaComba. "It's just a matter of refining."
The Knights (0-1 overall) will take on Crawfordsville in a road contest on Thursday.