Despite dominating play in the second half against Owen Valley, firing 18 shots on goal, Northview couldn't get a final equalizer in a 3-2 loss to the Patriots.
Trailing 3-1 at halftime, Northview's second half charge began quickly after the clock started.
John Latta gathered in a long throw in from the right side of the net, dribbled once and then turned toward the goal and chipped a waist-high shot past the Patriots' keeper to get the Knights within a goal.
With blood suddenly in the water, the Knights began to circle the Owen Valley goal, charging in waves. By controlling the middle of the field, Northview continued to fire shot upon shot at the net.
Both Ken Wright and Zach Childs took turns firing off powerful shots on net that were saved just minutes after Latta's goal. Brandon Hathaway then followed with a long run along the near sideline but his shot was high.
That became a theme for Northview over the course of the final 30 minutes as Latta fired several other shots, one of which was mishandled by the keeper, trickled to the goal line, but finally gathered back for the save.
With just under 15 minutes left, Latta drilled another shot on net that was blocked just wide. Northview bombarded the Patriots with chance after chance but the Patriots' withstood the charge.
At the 12 minute mark, Childs broke free with a one-on-one against the keeper, making a sliding attempt but the ball was chipped free of the goal mouth in another narrow miss.
"You've got to put it in," said coach Don Bryan. "We had some nice combinations and some nice play, but you have to put the ball in the net."
The Patriots did that first to open Monday's conference game, but the Knights bounced back on a penalty kick goal by senior Michael Gallion at the 24:56 mark.
Owen Valley wasted no time in coming right back to take the go ahead on a header off a crossing pass.
The Patriots extended that mark with 10 minutes left in the half when a 40-yard shot from the right side of the net, arched just under the cross bar above the extended arms of Robert Joslyn.
Owen Valley 3, Northview 2
Next game: Northview hosts Edgewood on Thursday evening at 5 p.m.