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Woodcox hat trick leads Knights to convincing win over Cascade

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Adversity oftentimes can bring a team together and make them even stronger than they were before their setbacks and that appears to be the case with the Northview girls soccer team.

After traveling to a two-day tournament in Evansville in which they suffered three tough losses, the Knights returned to the comforts of home for a 7-1 pasting of visiting Cascade on Monday evening.

Northview opened up the offense in the first half as Kelsey Haring brought the ball to the corner of the Cascade box before chipping a pass across to Brittney Tucker who sent the score home at the 31:48 mark.

The Knights added on to their score just eight minutes later when Ashley Woodcox got the first of her scores when she dribbled through Cascade traffic off a throw-in and served a shot home from about 20 feet to put the home squad up 2-0.

The Cadets would score a goal to narrow the gap before halftime as Northview missed a handful of solid scoring opportunities with shots just barely high and wide.

Woodcox and Heather Foxx teamed with Sarah Roeschlein and Tylee Graverson putting the heat on the Cadets defenders.

Woodcox put seven shots on net and Foxx had eight steals for the Knights and Abby Birkey served up four corners.

In the second half the Knights' shots finally began to find the net beginning with Roeschlein finding the goal on a pass from Ahnya Alstott when she changed direction in front of the goal to get around her defender and sent the shot just inside the post for a 3-1 lead at the 31:48 mark.

Northview held onto that advantage until Woodcox heated back up again and scored after faking past the Cascade keeper to make the score 4-1. Just a minute and a half later she capped her hat trick with an assist from Foxx when she made a nice run up the middle to fire the fifth goal home at the 18:46 mark.

Northview finished off their third goal in fewer than four minutes when Graverson chipped a nice shot from 40 feet over the keeper who had challenged the ball. Graverson's shot curled to the corner of the net for a 6-1 lead before Christina Arvin, who started the game in net before being relieved, got herself a goal with an assist from Kylee Thacker.

"We're headed in the right direction," commented coach Don Bryan. "We've still got things to work on. We have to make up for Saturday and going 0-3. It's just a matter of plugging away. This is a good opportunity for us to get a lot of kids in there."

The victory makes Northview 1-4 this year with a game versus Monrovia on the road Wednesday.

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