Northview experienced just that in Tuesday's varsity opener when they took on visiting Terre Haute North. The Knights had some high points during the action, but North still was the more polished of the two squads, breaking open a one goal game at halfitme to win 5-1.
"I was a little disappointed," said coach Don Bryan of his team's loss. "It's going to take awhile. We're playing a much different style than (the players) are used to. The 4-4-2 is a much more aggressive style and they are used to playing a more preventive style."
Despite losing a number of seniors from last season, the Patriots are still the defending sectional champions and played as the aggressor during much of the action. North got on the board first on a score from Joe Welch.
Welch hauled in a feed from Alex Walter from 25 yards out and then fired from the right side of the net past Northview keeper, Cainan Reeves. The ball just found the net, bouncing off the left side bar for the opening tally.
The Knights answered right back by taking the attack to North's defense.
John Latta brought the ball to the top right corner of the box where a North defender and their keeper converged on the Northview senior. As the keeper tried to smother the shot, an official's whistle signaled an obstruction call.
The Knights quickly set up their indirect kick and Latta pushed a pass across the box to Josh Lynch who found the back of the net with 12:12 remaining in the first half.
Terre Haute North's polish was reflected in how they responded to that adversity.
Garrett Sevigny came right back on an assist from Luke Lakstins just two minutes later. Sevigny sent a long shot in from an angle to the corner to take a 2-1 lead into the halftime break.
"(Terre Haute North) is a quality program," commented Bryan. "They look like they've already got their chemistry set. I wish we could play (North) a little later, because I know we can play them better."
Northview had a couple of other chances in the half as Drew Snyder had a couple of header shots on a misplayed ball in the goal mouth by the Patriots' keeper. The Knights also missed an indirect kick attempt with eight minutes remaining before the break.
The second half saw the Patriots take advantage of some Northview defensive lapses to score the final three goals of the match.
Joe Welch scored off a corner kick at the 35 minute mark on a loose ball. The cross found its way through traffic to the goal mouth past Cainan Reeves' outstretched arms and Welch got a foot on the pass. The ball trickled to the goal line and just across it before the Knights' Nick Hensler narrowly missed booting the ball free.
Ten minutes later, Welch added his third goal of the match before Andy Khudayev finished off the scoring with 15 minutes left in the game.
Despite the opening loss, Bryan feels that his team is on the right track.
"I feel comfortable with what we're doing, we were able to change the momentum a couple of times, but we just weren't able to sustain it."
The Knights will start a five-game road swing beginning on Thursday with a trip to face Crawfordsville at 5 p.m.
T.H. North 5, Northview 1
THN - Joe Welch (Alex Walter), 28:00
Nv -- Josh Lynch (John Latta), 12:12
THN -- Garrett Sevigny (Luke Lakstins), 10:11
THN -- Joe Welch, 35:00
THN -- Joe Welch, 25:54
THN -- Andy Khudayev, 15:12