Three out of four games that the Northview girls soccer team has played this season have resulted in losses, despite the fact that they have led in three of the four games.
Finishing teams when the Knights have a second half lead has been a focus early this year and though they had the same problem against visiting Danville on Wednesday, Northview never lifted from the throttle.
"I thought we played with good energy in the second half," commented coach Tony Alstott. "Danville just picked up their tempo even more and we stayed the same."
"We had great attacks the whole game," commented Alstott. "(Both teams) scored off set plays."
Penalty kicks also played an important role in the match.
The Knights got the first chance to score after a handball in the box late in the first half gave Woodcox a shot at extending the lead. However, her shot sailed high over the crossbar and Danville remained just one goal behind.
The Warriors began their assault early in the second half by putting together their first concentrated offensive pressure on the Knights.
Their first goal actually was a tad surprising for everyone as Dani Bishop scored on a seemingly innocent shot to tie the score.
"Sometimes the ball bounces in funny ways," admitted Alstott.
The Knights had their own opportunities to break the tie as an all-Woodcox passing effort that included a feed from freshman Lindsay Woodcox to Jenny Woodcox to Ashley Woodcox went to Heather Foxx for a shot that went wide.
Danville got a big lift with just under 17 minutes remaining when the Warriors were awarded a penalty kick that Bishop converted. Suddenly the Warriors were leading 2-1 despite 12 Northview shots in the first half.
Credit the Knights for not packing it in after losing a second lead once more.
"After (Danville) scored their second goal, in the past we would have had a let down, but tonight we didn't," said Alstott.
Charlie Greichgauer, in her first contest for the Knights, helped create the next chance for the Knights when her crossing shot from the endline found Ashley Woodcox. She then pushed the ball to Jenny Woodcox whose hard liner was directly at Danville's keeper. The Warrior save was just one of many shots that the Knights had denied by some sterling play in net for Danville.
"Charlie has some great footwork and passing," said Alstott. "She adds a nice dimension and we're trying to figure out where her best position will be."
With 8:27 remaining, the Knights finally caught a break when an Abby Birkey shot from 20 yards out was deflected and caught a Danville defender's hand. The ensuing handball call gave Tylee Graverson a penalty kick that she converted to tie the score.
The Warriors would eventually get the final result with 5:29 remaining when a long ball up the sideline was gathered in by Abbie Brewer who fired a shot to the middle which was deflected by the Knights' keeper, Christina Arvin.
Bishop was there once again for Danville to push home the winning goal and a 3-2 decision.
Despite the loss, Alstott found some positives to reflect on following the game.
"Tonight we used our heads and bodies better. We did a great job beating them to the ball in the first half, but I'd be willing to bet that (Danville's) halftime speech was about getting to the ball quicker."
"Cayla Yockey played well at sweeper, it was probably her best game," said Alstott. "Carlee (Bell) played a lot of minutes and Tylee (Graverson) has improved so much already. She's taking more of a field leader position."
The Knights travel to Mooresville for a match on Sunday beginning at noon.
Danville 3, Northview 2
Next game: Northview (1-3 overall) at Sullivan on Wednesday