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Knights celebrate anniversary with win over Tiger Cubs

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Northview boys soccer team celebrated the 10th Anniversary of their program in grand style on Saturday against the very same team that they started with a decade ago. Ten years ago the Knights tied Greencastle 2-2.

Since then, Northview had lost every decision against the Tiger Cubs.

That is until Saturday when they put together a 2-0 victory over the Tiger Cubs.

Continuing the momentum they built with a 0-0 tie against Terre Haute South earlier in the week, the Knights played to a scoreless tie through the first half.

Northview was without two of their starting defenders early into the game as Shaun Hardey left early with an ankle injury and Nate Navel didn't start due to his own ankle injury.

"Losing two starters one of which is a captain, would normally be devastating, but the team knew that they could not use injuries as an excuse, and stepped it up in a big way," commented coach Todd LaComba.

Greencastle put plenty of pressure on the Knights trying to take advantage of Northview's missing centerback (Hardey), but goal keeper Taylor Montague was up to the task in net to keep the Tiger Cubs from denting the scoreboard.

Finally, with 22 minutes left in the game, Jiarus Martinez picked up the ball near midfield and dribbled in before firing a shot just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead. Greencastle nearly evened the score when they received a penalty kick after Northview was whistled for a push inside their box, but the shot would go wide.

With four minutes left in the contest, the Knights came through with their second goal when Martinez drew a penalty kick when he was taken down inside the Greencastle box. John Latta took the PK and sent the ball inside the left post to seal the victory for the Knights.

Latta led the Knights with three shots and got six steals from Sam Spencer and Michael Gallion. Both Logan Lynch and Jordan Pond each had five steals in the game and Taylor Montague had 19 saves in the shutout victory.

Northview now is 5-4-1 overall and 1-0 in the WIC with a game with Owen Valley on Monday at 5 p.m.

In the girls varsity game against the Tiger Cubs, the Knights opened strong as Tylee Graverson opened the scoring at the 24:18 mark on an assist from Ashley Woodcox.

Greencastle would knot the score at 1-all on a score from Becky Nispel. She would later give the Tiger Cubs the lead in the second half when she scored at the 34:28 mark.

The Knights would be unable to answer as Greencastle capped the game with one more score and a 3-1 victory.

Northview had 10 shots in the game as Graverson leading the way with three and Woodcox, Abby Birkey and Kelsey Haring each adding two. The Knights had 27 steals in the game, led by Heather Foxx with seven followed by Emma Reed, Sage Graverson and Cayla Yockey each earning four.

The Knights (1-9 overall) will host Edgewood on Wednesday.

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