Northview's girls soccer team rebounded from a difficult 0-3 weekend at the Evansville River City Classic by squeaking by Cascade on the road Monday evening.
After a scoreless deadlock at halftime, sophomore Jenny Woodcox took an Abby Birkey pass and sent home the lone goal of the game in the 23rd minute of the second half.
"Cascade came out and played good defense stealing several balls early. We had several shots at goal and our hope was that eventually one would find the back of the net," said Coach Tony Alstott.
Sophomore Tylee Graverson sent several passes to the center that resulted in eight first half shots for the Knights, seven of which came from Jenny Woodcox. "I told the team at half time to continue to be aggressive on offense," commented Alstott. "Abby Birkey, Tiffany Young, Emma Reed and Caylee Yockey were strong on the defensive end allowing Cascade to have very few attempts at goal."
Cascade had their best attempt with about 15 minutes remaining in the game but goalkeeper Rachel Alstott reached high to bat the shot away to keep the game scoreless. Alstott was tested very rarely, that being the only shot of the game for the Cadets, but that one save was huge.
On defense, freshman Carlee Bell had four steals while sophomore Ashley Woodcox had three for the Knights and Heather Foxx had two.
"The win was an important one because we went to Evansville this past weekend and got beat three times by three very good teams. We need some momentum going into our first conference game against West Vigo (tonight)," said Coach Alstott.
The Knights lost 6-0 to Evansville North, 6-0 to Castle and 8-0 to Evansville Bosse over the weekend.
"North was a strong and speedy team. Castle had excellent technique and efficient passing. Bosse had and aggressive attack. All three teams controlled the ball well and we were unable to get any momentum going," said Alstott of his squad.
Coach Lenea Harless commented about the Evansville games saying, "What I liked from our players was they kept a good attitude and played soccer the entire game. Even when we were down on the scoreboard they still tried to make some plays."
Northview takes a 2-3 record into the game at West Vigo.