The Knights showed that they have plenty of offensive prowess, dominating Terre Haute North in stages, but that their defense will need a little bit more polish before they can reach their peak as a team.
The Patriots scored a pair of goals on set plays in the first half and added two more on Northview mistakes in the second half to take a 4-2 victory over the Knights.
Despite the loss, coach Tony Alstott saw plenty of positives with his Northview squad.
"I was very pleased with what we've been working on and how the girls performed tonight."
"Carlee Bell made some outstanding passes and Tylee Graverson did a good job of distributing the ball as well," said Alstott.
The Patriots opened the first half scoring when Caitlin Wulf fired home a score on a direct free kick from the corner of the Northview box. The shot dipped just under the crossbar to evade Christina Arvin's grasp for the first score.
The Knights bounced right back to knot the score as Graverson found some space on the right side of the goal just minutes after North's first goal. She sent a chip shot in front of North's goal and Jenny Woodcox flicked a header into the net for the first tally of the young year.
The Patriots came back during the latter stages of the first half after a scrum in front of the Knights goal resulted in a couple of North shots on goal. Arvin and the Northview defenders were able to keep the ball out of the net until the ball was passed back out into some open space to the left of the net.
Madeline Whitaker fired the ball back towards the net where it found the corner for a 2-1 Patriots' lead.
With time ticking down in the first half, Heather Foxx evened the score off a crossing pass from Bell. Foxx located the centering pass from the Northview sophomore and got a shin on the ball to push the ball past North's keeper for a tie at the half.
"Heather got a nice goal," said Alstott. "We moved her to forward after she was at midfield last year and Jenny (Woodcox) had some great tries."
Terre Haute North turned up the pressure in the second half after the Knights kept the ball in the Patriots' defensive end for the majority of the first half's final 20 minutes.
Opening the second half, Arvin made a nice diving save of a Patriot shot at the 25 minute mark. North's keeper also made a nice diving save as Woodcox and Bell put together an excellent give-and-go play.
Bell also fired a shot off the post as Northview just couldn't catch any breaks in the final half.
North scored the game-winning goal with 14:01 left as a through pass found Kelly Meggs free in the middle. She then turned on the afterburners and raced in for a one-on-one with Arvin, beating the senior keeper for a 3-2 lead.
The Patriots added the final goal with 2:38 left on a score by Wulf.
"I think the final two goals were a combination of us maybe being a bit tired and a little down after that third goal," said Alstott. "The fourth goal was basically because we were just focusing on scoring."
Arvin made nine saves in net for Northview and Woodcox lead the team with four shots while Foxx and Abby Birkey each fired three shots on net.
Both Cayla Yockey and Birkey played strong games on defense for the Knights and setting up their forwards while Tiffany Young also was solid.
The Knights will face Cascade on Monday night at 5 p.m.
Next game: Northview hosts Cascade on Monday at 5 p.m.