TERRE HAUTE -- Evidently, members of the Northview girls soccer team are just as good students as they are on the field.
Perhaps taking notes from their male counterparts, the Northview girls exploded for four tallies in the first half to win a 4-1 decision against Terre Haute North just two days after the boys squad got their first ever win against the Patriots.
"The last three or four years we've started out the season 0-4," said first year coach Tony Alstott. "This is a good start as we head to Evansville to play some of the best teams in the state this weekend."
The Knights launched their opening salvo just 10 minutes into the game when Ashley Woodcox fed the ball, in traffic, to the box where Carlee Bell poked the ball past the Patriots' goaltender for a 1-0 advantage.
Eight minutes later the Northview pressure was rewarded once more when Woodcox controlled the ball along the side of the North goal and chipped the shot across to Jennifer Woodcox whose initial shot was blocked. She would however send home the rebound for a two goal advantage at the 18 minute mark.
"We've been working on counter-attacking effectively. Precision first touches. Everyone did well tonight. We're teaching that you control the ball, you control the game," said Alstott following the victory.
Leading by a pair of goals, the Knights had a brief lapse on the defensive end when the Patriots' standout senior, Erin Pugh, gathered in a midfield pass and used her speed to beat the Knights to the box before slipping home a goal to the corner.
However, with their lead in jeopardy, the Knights gathered themselves and continued their offensive surge.
Ashley Woodcox pulled in a pass from 30 yards out, worked her defender over and rushed to the corner of the North box for a shot that deflected to her sister, Jennifer Woodcox, who shot the ball between the keeper's legs for a 3-1 lead.
Cayla Yockey and Ahnya Alstott followed with shots on goal for the Knights late in the half for the Knights before the Patriots got a couple of attempts of their own.
Northview keeper, Christina Arvin, made a nice save on a crossing shot by the Patriots and soon thereafter, North had another chance deep in the Northview zone.
Arvin made a rush from the net to make a play but the ball squirted loose leaving the goalmouth open. The Patriots fired a shot on the open net, but Northview defender Abby Birkey stepped in front to block the shot and deny the attempt.
Ashley Woodcox would finish off the scoring in the game by beating her defender along the endline at the 35 minute mark, reversed her direction before zipping a shot that deflected off the keeper and in for a 4-1 Northview lead.
In the second half, both squads had opportunities, with the Knights having the best chances. However, neither team was able to finish off the scoring attempts.
"We've been emphasizing aggressive attacks and followups and we got a couple of those tonight," noted Alstott. "We were able to use our speed to our advantage tonight."
The Knights will take their 1-0 record to play in the River City Classic Tourney beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Along with the Northview boys team, the tourney continues into Saturday.