A share of first-place in the Western Indiana Conference was up for grabs when Edgewood came to visit Northview on Wednesday evening.
The Knights had one WIC loss on their slate, a 1-0 defeat to Sullivan earlier this year. Edgewood however left Northview with a loss of their own after the Knights made an Ashley Woodcox first half goal stand up for a 1-0 victory over the Mustangs.
"We've really matured as a team," commented coach Tony Alstott. "We're playing well together. We've really learned to work well together and communicate."
Northview definitely came out as the aggressor, pinning Edgewood in their defensive zone for the large majority of the first half.
Several early chances came up empty for Northview which might have resulted in some frustration earlier in the season, but this time, the Knights kept the pressure on the Mustangs.
Charlie Greichgauer took an early direct kick, chipping it on net, but the shot ricocheted off the crossbar and back into play.
Greichgauer, Jenny Woodcox and Carlee Bell put together some nice combo work up front for the Knights to keep Edgewood on their heels. Geichgauer got off another shot minutes later. The ball wasn't cleared by the Mustangs and Ashley Woodcox' shot went wide.
Bell also got another great opportunity when she broke free behind Edgewood's defense, but her shot went high.
The Knights were able to get on the board with 10 minutes left in the half when a long midfield pass was pulled in by Ashley Woodcox. From there the race was on as Woodcox outran the Edgewood defense and just had to beat a charging keeper. With both players racing to the ball, Woodcox won the battle and was able to lift the ball over the keeper's feet and fired the ball to the back of the net.
"We won nearly every ball the first 20 minutes of the game," said Alstott. "But Edgewood seemed to get the momentum and took over for the next 10 minutes, but once we got the goal we regained some of that momentum we had lost."
Leading 1-0 at halftime, the Knights put together perhaps its best second half of the season when it counted most.
Northview was able to maintain its attacking presence while remaining strong on the defensive side.
"Abby Birkey, Tylee Graverson and Cayla Yockey really re-directed the ball well tonight," commented Alstott of his defenders. "Ashley Clarke played well on her side as well and Tiffany Young had her work cut out for her tonight, but she came through with a nice game."
Greichgauer and Ashley Woodcox both got early shots but came up empty for the Knights who continued to get the most of the offensive pressure. Northview held fast to that one goal lead as time wound down.
"The last seven minutes we went defensive-minded," said Alstott.
That plan worked to perfection as Edgewood made a couple of late runs, getting a corner kick with under three minutes left in the game that was cleared away. That chance was the final opportunity for the Mustangs who are now tied with the Knights and Arrows for the WIC lead.
"What I liked the most was that we played a smart game," noted Alstott. "We kept our shape really well."
The Knights are now 4-4 overall and will host Brown County on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Northview 1, Edgewood 0
Next game: Northview hosts Brown County on Saturday at 10 a.m.