Part of building depth in a sports program is gaining live game experience through all levels of play. So Monday's junior varsity contest for the Northview boys is a step toward the future of the team.
Visiting Southmont was able to garner a 3-0 victory over the Knights but Northview's play gained steam throughout according to varsity head coach Don Bryan.
"There are some things to work on obviously. We did a little too much watching tonight. I think we played a little better on Saturday (in the jamboree) than we did today."
Southmont scored twice in the first half despite some excellent play by goal keeper Robert Joslyn.
"Robert played really well tonight," said Bryan afterward. "He's definitely made big improvements. He played probably the best of everyone tonight."
In fact, despite allowing a couple of first half tallies by the Mounties, Joslyn showed that he isn't afraid of contact by making several sliding saves against charging Southmont forwards. He also made several point blank saves on hard shots by opposing players.
The majority of Northview's best chances came in the second half beginning with a free kick from 30 yards out that Drew Snyder nearly placed perfectly. The shot dipped toward the cross bar but stayed just above the net with 28 minutes remaining.
Cody Johnson also made some nice sideline plays in the Southmont zone and Josh Lynch had a couple of late chances as well. Lynch nearly sent a header in off a long through ball from James Bryan. Lynch's shot went just wide of the right bar for another near miss for the Knights.
"Josh had quite a few through balls (for chances)," commented coach Shane Boyd. "Drew (Snyder) did a nice job up top for us. We just need to work on team chemistry and playing better together," said Boyd.
Northview will be back in action this evening as part of a JV/Varsity doubleheader at home with Terre Haute North beginning at 5 p.m.