Northview bettered its record to 2-1 in the Western Indiana Conference and 2-8 overall, while giving the Mustangs (5-7, 3-1 in the WIC) their first conference loss of the year.
"It was a big win for us," Coach Don Bryan said. "It's been a tough year up to this point, but the win puts us back in the hunt to win the conference."
Edgewood ran late getting to the field, delaying the start time 35 minutes, but Bryan does not feel it gave the Knights an advantage.
"Although they did have to rush a little, I'm not real sure it gave us any type of advantage," Bryan said. "We talked about keeping our composure before the game, and it helped guide us to the win."
The Knights came out aggressive early and often, scoring within the first three minutes of the game with a goal from Forward/Midfielder John Latta off midfielder/Fullback Michael Gallion's assist.
Mustangs' Coach Matt Wilhoit received a red card for unsportsmanlike conduct and was ejected a couple minutes later for arguing a non-call where a Knights player made contact with Mustangs' goalkeeper Nick Theodore while he was in possession of the ball.
The ejection did not deter Edgewood, however, as Matt Hasty was able to score off a Northview deflection to tie the game midway through the first half.
The game remained tied at one through halftime, but not much longer.
Only a minute-and-a-half after halftime, Forward Ken Wright made a pass to Logan Lynch, who knocked a header into the back of the net, giving Northview a 2-1 lead.
The Knights played tough defense, regularly forcing Edgewood into turning the ball over.
"We had to play tough tonight, and we did," Bryan said. "Edgewood always plays physical against us, but we didn't get pushed around by playing strong and smart."
Northview's aggressiveness led to a total of 36 shots during the game, capped off by midfielder Brandon Hathaway's goal with 18:10 left in the game off.
The Mustangs posed a couple more threats to score late in the game, but were unable to get a shot past Northview goalkeeper Cainan Reeves, preserving the win.
"We knew we could give ourselves a chance to win from the outset," Bryan said. "We played hard and communicated very well and were able to get the victory."
The Knights will next play host to Brown County Saturday morning at 11 a.m., as they look to start a winning streak.
"We are in the middle of our conference schedule," Bryan said. "We have got to keep playing this way to give us a head of steam going into the sectionals in October."
Northview 3, Edgewood 1
Next game: Northview faces Brown County at home Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.