Northview's Lucas Boyd (#2) chases down a loose ball during Tuesday's contest against Mooresville.
By CAREY FOX
The final 4-1 score wasn't necessarily indicative of Northview's loss to Mooresville on Tuesday evening. Simply put, the Pioneers put away their opportunities while the Knights seemed to always be just a bit short on their chances.
A perfect example came in the seventh minute of the game when John Latta hauled in a long pass from the midfield and was one-on-one with Mooresville's keeper with pressure coming from behind. Latta rushed off a shot before the keeper could prepare the block, but with not much on the shot, the ball was saved by a Pioneer defender.
That potential 1-0 lead for the Knights went by the wayside and paved the way for a swing in momentum that saw Mooresville shift the pressure to the Knights' end.
That pressure paid off for the Pioneers at the 21:38 mark when a corner kick into the box was headed off the crossbar by Josh Morning. The rebound then found the foot of Derek Farnworth who completed the goal and gave Mooresville a 1-0 advantage.
"Our offense had opportunities, but didn't finish," commented coach Todd LaComba of his Knights. "But our defense allowed them free runs, we have to contain."
The Pioneers were able to make concentrated runs deep into the Northview zone and the continued pressure once more was rewarded when a hard shot was deflected off a player and past Northview keeper Taylor Montague.
Trailing by two goals at the halftime break, the Knights opened the second half with a quick chance by Latta who fired a long shot just over the crossbar. Montague made a couple of nice saves to keep the Knights within striking distance.
The Knights finally got on the board with 28 minutes left in the game when their own diligence in the offensive half of the field pressured Mooresville into an own goal. The Pioneers' mistake narrowed the gap to just one goal at 2-1.
Once more the Knights just missed on a scoring chance when Latta sent a shot just wide of the mark with 23 minutes remaining.
However, Mooresville would make the most of their next chance when they added to their advantage with a goal by David Koerner with 15 minutes remaining.
Josh Brown and Latta nearly teamed up for another Northview goal with just 12 minutes left in the contest when Brown chipped a shot across the goal mouth and Latta's tip was saved on the line.
Mooresville added one final goal with six minutes left to cap the scoring for the game.
"We did a pretty good job setting up the attack and linking the midfield to our forwards pretty well," noted LaComba. "Sometimes I think its hard to get motivated for a team outside your region, but I don't think we'll have that problem against West Vigo (on Thursday)."