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Knights can't hold on to first half lead versus Patriots

Friday, August 19, 2005

Kelsey Haring (#13) chases down a loose ball ahead of North's Mary Conley.

The opening 35 minutes of the 2005 soccer season looked quite good for the Northview girls team, the squad cracked the scoring column quick on visiting Terre Haute North to take a 1-0 lead.

From there however, the Patriots awakened and took control of a 3-1 victory.

Northview got off to a strong start as Heather Foxx sent home a ball from Abby Birkey and Jennifer Woodcox for a one goal lead just 1:05 into the contest.

"Our first half was good," commented coach Don Bryan. "I thought our defense would be a little rough with the inexperience, but we knew what we needed to do."

The Knights played a strong first half, getting the best of much of the scoring opportunities with forwards Tylee Graverson, Ashley Woodcox and Sarah Roeschlein putting the pressure on the Patriot keeper.

The lone near chance the Patriots had in the first 45 minutes was off a direct kick from 30 yards out as Erin Pugh fired wide of the net as Northview took the lead into the halftime break.

Sometime in the 10 minute intermission, the Patriots awakened, but Northview seemed to be a bit out of sorts as the first half started.

North took advantage, getting a pair of quick scoring opportunities from Morgan Culbert and another from Pugh, who had a wide open net. However, a diving Christina Arvin saved the shot for the Knights to keep the one goal lead.

Soon afterwards however, Culbert lofted a shot across the goal mouth that tipped off the cross bar and down to Pugh who finished the shot to even the game at the 35:10 mark.

Just five minutes later, Culbert made a long run down the sideline, beating her defender to the inside and firing a shot home for a lead the Patriots wouldn't relinquish.

"We came out sluggish in the second half," noted Bryan. "We couldn't get the momentum back and we got bit by the injury bug a bit," he said referring to an apparent knee injury to Sage Graverson. "I feel bad for the girls, but by the end of the season we'll be a different team."

The Knights fall to 0-1 overall and will travel to Evansville to begin a tournament on Friday night and will continue on Saturday.

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