CRAWFORDSVILLE -- The Northview girls' soccer team remained on a roll with a road victory against Crawfordsville, 1-0, to stretch their win streak to five straight.
"I think we played awesome tonight," commented senior Abby Birkey. "We really came together as a team. We never gave up even through there was a lot of pressure on the defense to hold (Crawfordsville) to a shutout. But we lived up the expectations."
After a scoreless first half, the Knights tallied the eventual winning goal with just 12 minutes left in the contest on a Carlee Bell goal assisted by Charlie Greichgauer.
"I thought we played pretty well," said goal keeper Christina Arvin. "Our defense had a good game. Crawfordsville had a lot of team speed but we countered it with strong play."
The Athenian's Hannah Fink got her first start in goal and did not disappoint in her play as a senior leader.
Typically Fink is Crawfordsville's leading goal scorer, but on Tuesday she began the game with nine first half saves.
Fink went back to her forward spot in the second half but she was unable to crack the Knights' defensive wall.
Crawfordsville's best chance came in the 48th minute when, after a Northview foul was called, Cara Clarke lined up for a 30-yard free kick. She passed to the left where Fink took the pass. Her shot was knocked down by Arvin, but Katie Conklin found the ball and drilled a shot on net. The ball rung off the crossbar but bounced away.
From there, the Knights began their counterattack and in the 68th minute Greichgauer took the ball at the midfield mark and as she crossed the Athenians back third, passed to her right. Bell gathered the ball in, dribbled twice and stuck the ball past the keeper for the winner.
On defense, Birkey had two steals and Arvin added two saves in net for the Knights who face South Vermillion in an important WIC matchup tonight.
Next game: Northview (6-4 overall) travels to South Vermillion tonight at 5 p.m.