Making the trip to Frankfort for a pair of games in a tournament format on Saturday, the Northview boys soccer team split a pair of games that kept their season mark even on the season at 2-2.
The Knights came out blazing in their opening contest, tallying six goals in the first half of an 8-3 hammering of Indianapolis Broad Ripple.
"We came out really strong after the win at Crawfordsville," commented coach Todd LaComba. "The team was really moving and took control of the game immediately. At halftime we were up 6-0 with the scoring being spread out fairly evenly. This type of scoring is not typical with our teams in the past few years, normally we would win 1-0 or 2-1, but the guys have been listening and understand when to use power and when to finesse the shot."
The scoring load was spread out a bit, though Jairus Martinzez tallied the hat trick with three goals and an assist and John Latta chipped in a pair of goals and assisted on another score for the Knights. Also getting in on the action were both Lucas and Shane Boyd with Lucas contributing a pair of helpers. Zach Childs also had a score for Northview and Nate Navel added an assist.
Jordan Pond led the squad in steals with four and Sam Spencer contributed three in the game as the Knights had 19 as a team. Jacob Lynch got the win in net for the Knights with 11 saves.
"It was great to be able to get everyone in the game to allow some of the guys to play much longer then they have in a game so far and although we were outscored 2-3 in the second half a lot of our reserves were able to get some valuable experience and could see what they need to work on as well," said LaComba.
In the championship game the Knights weren't quite able to maintain the same results, falling 5-1 to the host Hot Dogs.
"We kept in the game for the first half, but in the second half, a bit of fatigue set in...it was really hot all day and we had the shorter break of the two teams," lamented LaComba.
The Knights held tough with Frankfort in the first half, trailing just 2-1 at the intermission as Brandon Hathaway got Northview on the board. But the host squad scored three unanswered goals in the second half to take the tourney championship.
Shaun Hardey had five steals in the game to lead the squad as both Latta and Navel each had three. Taylor Montague had 22 saves in net for the Knights.
All in all the tournament was a success and the guys are really proud to be 2-2 at this point in the season with a chance to go over .500 with a game Tuesday at Cascade.