With a winning-streak that had reached six games and Terre Haute South visiting, the Northview girls' soccer team had plenty of hope for a victory against the Braves.
But following a passing rain storm that drenched the field, the Braves parlayed a 1-0 lead at halftime into a 4-0 victory.
"I felt like we had a good chance," commented Northview coach Tony Alstott. "South plays two conference games each Saturday so they are well conditioned. I'm not sure that was a factor, but it made making a comeback much more difficult."
The Braves got on the scoreboard with a goal midway through a first half played mostly in a steady rain that made controlling longer passes increasingly difficult. With the ball skipping away from potential ball handlers, the Knights stayed close at 1-0 at the break.
Terre Haute South seemed to get the back breaking score with 30 minutes left in the game when Gabi Roach lined a ball from 30 yards out along the sideline. The ball somehow made its way through several defenders, skipping all the while, before squirting past Northview's goal keeper Christina Arvin.
The goal seemed to deflate the Knights' spirit a bit. Tack on South's physical defense which was able to mark high-scoring Ashley and Jennifer Woodcox and the Knights found themselves in some trouble.
"I told Jenny, that (South) was going to mark her and she did a good job avoiding the mark," commented Alstott. "At halftime we made a switch with Ashley and Carlee (Bell) because Carlee's speed allowed her to make the runs down the sideline. Though we didn't score, we had some better chances."
The chances the Knights did have weren't able to seriously threaten the Braves down the stretch. Northview's best chance came on a set play as Charlie Greichgauer was given a free kick after Jenny Woodcox was fouled. Greichgauer's curling shot just missed the cross bar, finding the top of the net.
As Northview tried to make a late push for a score, South made one of their own at the 20;23 mark as Braves' freshman Alexis Penwell beat Cayla Yockey to a loose ball left of the goal. Penwell's chip shot curled to the far side of the net for a 3-0 lead. Maria Haag added a goal with just over 10 minutes left to finish the scoring.
The Knights drop to 7-5 overall and will finish off their conference schedule against Owen Valley with a chance to claim a share of the title.
T.H. South 4, Northview 0
Next game: Northview travels to Owen Valley on Thursday for a 5 p.m. conference game.