"I don't think that (South) outplayed us," said coach Don Bryan. "We played better in the second half, I liked the combinations. I think the kids realize that they can play with Terre Haute South."
The Knights had a pair of near misses by Brandon Hathaway during the first couple of minutes of play, but South responded strongly at the 4:27 mark when Zach Pigg tallied the first score for the Braves.
The Braves carried that momentum for several minutes and found the net once again when Tony Garcia unleashed a curling shot from 30 yards out that hooked under the cross bar for a 2-0 lead.
The quick strikes set the Knights back on their heels as South controlled much of the first half of play in the Knights' defensive zone.
"I know (the team) is frustrated, but our goal keepers are gaining experience, we're playing better, working hard and some of the junior varsity kids are chomping at the bit," said Bryan.
Terre Haute South wrapped up the first half of play with 12:56 remaining as Brandon Roberts sent a header past Northview keeper Cainan Reeves following a crossing pass from Tyler Loges.
That 3-0 lead would stand for the Braves though Northview would pick up their pace of play in the second half. Bryan felt that the Knights' five-day layoff worked against them as South played a pair of games over the weekend.
"Give Terre Haute South credit. They played two games over the weekend against good competition and I think that helped them more than us not playing did."
The Knights improved play in the second half resulted in several quality chances in the offensive end.
John Latta sent a free kick to the far corner of the Braves' goal that Brandon Hathaway narrowly missed on a header. Latta also shot high on an attempt just nine minutes into the half when he broke free of his defender.
Northview finally broke their scoreless drought with 8:18 left in the game as Hathaway drilled a shot off the bottom of the crossbar after a feed from Michael Gallion.
The score energized the Knights down the stretch as they took the action to the Braves over the final minutes, but couldn't get any closer on the scoreboard.
Robert Joslyn recorded the second half shutout in net for the Knights.
Afterwards, Bryan felt that his team continues to improve each day.
"I thought Robert Plummer did an excellent job," he commented. "James Bryan and Nick Hensler did a good job too. When we get Ken Wright, Hathaway and Latta to come back and play defense it really works. The biggest thing is to work on communication."
The Knights are now 1-6 overall, 1-0 in the WIC, and host Greencastle on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
T.H. South 3, Northview 1
Next game: Northview faces Greencastle at home on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.