Northview celebrated Senior Night against South Vermillion on Tuesday. (From left to right) Assistant Coach Tim Strader, Shane Boyd, Jacob Lynch, Jarius Martinez, Robby Pasalich and Head Coach Todd LaComba.
Senior Night is always a special night for a team along with parents and coaches and its always nice to celebrate the evening with a victory.
On Tuesday, Northview did both against visiting South Vermillion as they broke the game open late in a 6-2 win.
Seniors Jacob Lynch, Robby Pasalich and Jarius Martinez were each honored along with Shane Boyd who celebrated in style with a hat trick as Northview improved to 8-4-1 overall.
"The hat trick was really big for (Shane Boyd)," commented coach Todd LaComba. "We've been working on his breakaway skills. His speed is such an advantage that it was great to see him get some goals. I think it'll be big for his confidence."
The Knights got off to a sluggish start against the Wildcats who came in fired up and tallied the first goal when a loose ball at the top of the Northview box was headed over a charging Taylor Montague at the 37 minute mark.
From there, Northview got their offense rolling in a big way, putting heavy pressure on South Vermillion's keeper.
Boyd, Martinez and John Latta all put quality chances on goal without finding net. However, in the waning minutes of the half, Boyd found himself in front of the goal and was able to slip a shot across the goal mouth on an assist from Latta to tie the score at 1-all at the break.
Martinez would give Northview the lead less than a minute into the second half when he settled a ball from Shaun Hardey in the box and while slipping, shot the ball to the far post for a goal at the 39:09 mark.
From there, the Knights hammered shot after shot at the Wildcat keeper from a variety of angles, but he was up to the task, making several great saves to keep his team in the game.
In fact, the Wildcats would tie the score at 22:59 off a free kick when they served the ball high on net and Montague, coming out of the net for the ball, collided with a Wildcat player with the ball finding the goal.
Jordan Pond would get a quality opportunity to tie the score when he took a penalty kick with 19 minutes left. His shot with kick off the crossbar and out of play to keep the score tied.
Just 40 seconds later however, the Knights' luck finally changed when Boyd sent a hard shot at the keeper that skipped through to give Northview the lead they needed.
From there, the flood gates opened as Boyd finished off his hat trick at the 16:50 mark and Brandon Hathaway found the net when his shot drilled the cross bar and ricocheted down behind the line on a pass from Pasalich. Pond would finish the scoring with just 39.5 seconds left in the game.
"In the second half we really came out strong," said LaComba. "For the seniors its a great way to go out. It's a credit to the parents and players for the time they've put in. So we'll enjoy the moment and get back to work tomorrow."
The Knights will be back in action at home on Tuesday at Sullivan in a battle for the WIC championship.