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Knights post sixth soccer shutout

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

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Confidence is mounting for Northview after a big win over Greencastle on Saturday. On Monday the Knights returned to the pitch and powered to a 2-0 Western Indiana Conference win over Owen Valley.

"It's real nice to be 6-4-1 right now," commented coach Todd Lacomba. "We're 2-0 in the WIC, it's a real good start for us. It's a big week coming up for us with Edgewood on Thursday and Brown County on Saturday."

Northview wasted little time in jumping on their WIC visitors on Monday, putting heavy pressure on the Patriots right off the bat.

Less than eight minutes into the game, Jarius Martinez had his bead on the goal as he headed into the box. However, an Owen Valley defender got a little too much body on Martinez, sending him to the turf and earning a penalty kick at the 32:35 mark.

Shaun Hardey, back from an ankle injury that forced him to the sideline for the Greencastle game, made the most of the direct kick and sent it left to the corner, ricocheting off the post and back across for a 1-0 lead.

"We came out on fire tonight," said LaComba of his Knight's aggressive attack.

Less than two minutes later, John Latta brought the ball to the corner of the box where he lofted a shot that dropped just under the cross bar off an assist from Martinez.

Latta's 11th goal of the season gave Northview a 2-0 lead that they would not look back from.

"It was nice to get out to a 2-0 lead early. It would have been good to have more, but it's a real good start for us," said LaComba.

The Knights had by far the best chances of the first half, with their best shot coming from about 20 yards out, curling towards the net, but Northview keeper, Taylor Montague, made a leaping grab to preserve what would be his sixth shutout of the season.

At the 23 minute mark the Knights narrowly missed adding to their lead when Jordan Pond took a free kick from the sideline in the Owen Valley defensive zone. The ball crossed through to the box where Martinez flicked a header on net that the Patriots' keeper made a diving on.

With five minutes left in the half, Brandon Hathaway got off a strong shot directly to the keeper off a throwin that was saved as Northview went in with a 2-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, the play was a little more even as Owen Valley got off a few more sustained offensive tries.

"In the second half we kind of fell into their style of play," noted LaComba. "Our defense was pretty strong, but we're still struggling a little bit with the power vs. finesse on offense. Taylor has been real solid in goal for us too."

The Knights got off a a couple of solid opportunities in the latter stages of the game with Latta sending a ball in that Hathaway just missed putting a head to as Northview finished off the game.

Both Latta and Pond had three shots apiece with Shane Boyd adding two. Sam Spencer had 10 steals along with Michael Gallion and Pond added seven.

Montague had 10 saves in net for the shutout.



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