By CAREY FOX
Coming off a rough weekend in Evansville like their female counterparts, the Northview boys soccer team put together a tough 80 minutes of soccer against Cascade in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night.
In a physical game that saw Northview senior defender Shaun Hardey leave the game after taking an elbow to the head that looked like it would require stitches. The Knights prevailed on a goal just 3:22 before halftime when John Latta took a pass to the side of the Cadet net and lifted a crossing shot under the crossbar to break a 1-1 deadlock before the break.
The Knights appeared to get the scoring underway at the 28 minute mark when midfielder Brandon Hathaway hauled in a loose ball within a crowd inside the Cascade box and put the ball in the net. But officials ruled that he was offside, negating the score for the Knights.
However, undaunted, the Knights continued their pressure on Cascade.
Just under a minute later, the Knights were rewarded with a direct kick inside the Cascade box once more. Before the Cadets could align their defense, Latta alertly quick kicked the ball to Hathaway who fired in the first goal from the side of the net.
Latta drilled another shot a bit later that was saved by the Cascade keeper.
Northview keeper, Taylor Montague, would get his own chance at a save, smothering a Cascade shot in a scrum at the top of his box with 20 minutes remaining in the half.
In a flurry of action before the break, Lucas Boyd went just wide on a shot with 18:30 remaining in the game. Junior Zach Childs just missed on a chip shot over the net with 15 minutes left before Cascade would even the score.
Colin Ernst would loft a long shot on Northview's net that would dip just under the crossbar and over the outstretched glove of Montague with 11:44 left on the clock
The score would remain tied at one-apiece until Latta's tally before the half.
The second half would continue the physical play that was a game-long entity. Hardey's wound was the most significant blow, but was certainly not the only full contact of the final 40 minutes that saw the Northview defense hold the fort for their second win of the season.
The Knights will face off with Danville on Saturday afternoon with a noon starting time.