Northview goal keeper Taylor Montague saves the first shot of penalty kicks as the Knights won 2-1, hitting all three PK's as Brown County was shutout.
Most any soccer player or coach will tell you that they would rather not have a game decided by penalty kicks, but rather in the course of the game.
But when you come out on the winning end of PK's, the method of producing that victory is considerably more palatable. Just ask the Northview boys soccer team after Saturday's conference battle with visiting Brown County.
After 80 minutes of regulation play finished in a 1-all deadlock, the Knights and Eagles went to penalty kicks. Northview's Logan Lynch toed the line and drilled home his shot into the top left corner of the net to give the Knights a headstart.
"I left the decision up to the guys about what order they were going to go in," said Northview head coach Todd LaComba. "They went with the freshmen up first (Lynch) and he got us off to a good start."
Goal keeper, Taylor Montague came up with a huge deflection of the first shot by the Eagles Danny McMasters, diving to his right to get a hand on the shot.
"You don't really like to be in that position," commented Montague of going to PK's. "But if your forced to be there then I don't mind."
Jordan Pond came up next for the Knights and sent his shot low and to the right to find the net. Brown County's next shot went wide of the goal and suddenly the Knights were in the drivers seat.
John Latta has been money all season long for the Knights and Saturday was no different as he put the Knights up 3-0 in PK's when he scored and Brown County's Casey Wright hit the post with his shot to send the Knights players running to congratulate Montague whose stop put Northview in control early.
"Taylor came up really big for us today," noted LaComba. "It's not really the way you want to win but its a conference win and it keeps us on track for a chance to win the WIC."
Northview took the early lead in the match when Shaun Hardey was taken down in the box by the Brown County goal keeper forcing a penalty kick. His shot slipped low and left past the keeper to put the Knights ahead 1-0 at the 26:22 mark of the first half.
The Knights controlled play in the early stages of a physical game. However, Brown County's Dolan Newlin-Blackwell would even the score on a nice run up the center of the field, dribbling to the top of the box on the right side before slipping a shot across the grain and past a diving Montague.
"That goal was just a matter of miscommunication," said LaComba.
The score would remain at 1-apiece to the final horn though Brown County just missed a late goal when Newlin-Blackwell got free for an open shot from 20 yards out and hammered the crossbar before the Knights cleared the ball.
Northview would finish the game with a series of corner kicks but were unable to mount a serious chance. But it was in penalty kicks that Northview shone on both offense and defense.
"This was a real big win for us," said Montague afterwards. "This is just the motivation we need heading into sectionals."
The Knights will face South Vermillion at home on Tuesday evening beginning at 5 p.m.
The Northview girls team would also take advantage of a penalty kick to defeat the Eagles.
After putting heavy pressure on Brown County in the first half but having nothing to show for it on the scoreboard, the Knights had three penalty kicks in the second half. Abby Birkey would get the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory, at the 6:54 mark. The Knights outshot the Eagles 41-10 in the game and Christina Arvin put together the shutout in net for the Knights on Alumni Day.
Fittingly, Birkey lead Northview with seven shots on goal with Tylee Graverson putting six on net, Heather Foxx took five and both ChCarra Yockey and Ashley Woodox had four.
Sage Graverson had two saves on defense and both Jazmine Kellum and Cayla Yockey had four steals for the Knights who improve to 3-8 overall and 2-1 in the WIC with a Tuesday road game to Crawfordsville.
The Lady Knights would like to thank those who attended and Jacks Fine Foods, Krogers and Walmart along with the parents for their donations in making the day a success.