Facing a road trip and a smaller playing field in their visit to Cascade on Tuesday night, the Knights came through with their first shutout of the season, 3-0 over the Cadets.
"The field/game conditions were a bit different for us, the field was small and slanted and the wind was blowing downhill, in the first half we were going uphill against the wind and the guys has trouble adjusting to it," commented head coach Todd LaComba.
No matter to the Knights who dug in versus the host squad and weathered a first half Cascade storm and in fact tallied the half's lone goal.
Jairus Martinez took a long ball from a teammate with eight minutes remaining in the half and was able to outlast two defenders before firing a shot that was stopped by another defender. Martinez got the ball back and crossed to an open John Latta who tapped in for a 1-0 halftime lead for the Knights.
"We had some opportunities, but for the most part that half we saw a lot of time in our defensive half. The best part for us was that we held them and were able to get a nice goal from John Latta," said LaComba of a strong defensive first half for the Knights.
The second half saw a resurgent Knights offense put the pedal to the floor and keep the pressure on Cascade. Northview was able to use the field conditions to their advantage and Martinez got his own goal with Shane Boyd finishing the scoring for the Knights. Michael Gallion assisted on a goal for Northview.
Shaun Hardey led the defense with a team-high nine steals and Jordan Pond added eight with Sam Spencer contributing six.
Taylor Montague got the shutout in net for the Knights and lowered his goals against average to 1.56 this season.
"We have had a tough stretch to start the season, not many teams have five games in the first week of play," noted LaComba. But we came out strong, and even the losses were close. Now we have a week without games and we will use this time to fine tune based on the previous games and prepare for West Vigo on Sept. 1."
The Knights are now 3-2 this season.