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Knights headed to first title game

Friday, October 12, 2007

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Ashley Woodcox beats a pair of defenders into the offensive zone on her way to a hat trick on Thursday.
TERRE HAUTE -- The 2007 season has had its share of firsts for the girls' soccer program at Northview High School.

A winning season, a share of a conference championship and now you can add a berth in the sectional championship game.

The Knights wasted little time in plunging a dagger into South Vermillion's heart in Thursday's title game at Terre Haute South.

The Wildcats came out with a plan to play the Knights straight up rather than stack their defensive half of the field and Ashley Woodcox made them pay in short order.

The senior forward scored a pair of goals inside the two minutes of the game as Northview rolled to a 12-0 victory and a shot at a sectional crown on Saturday night against Greencastle, a 3-0 winner over Sullivan earlier in the evening.

"This team has accomplished a lot of firsts," commented coach Tony Alstott of his squad who improves to 12-5 on the season. "I was extremely pleased tonight. We played with a lot of energy and we had seven or eight player score."

Coming out with a very distinct goal in mind, the Knights attacked the Wildcats from the opening whistle.

Tylee Graverson saved a ball along the endline less than 30 seconds into the game and found Woodcox open for a quick first tally with only 24 seconds gone in the match. Ashley Woodcox came right back on a breakaway and scored 55 seconds later for a 2-0 lead.

Even when the Knights didn't find the net, they kept the pressure on with back-to-back crossing passes into the South Vermillion goal mouth, going wide just minutes later.

Eleven minutes into the game, Abby Birkey passed forward to Jenny Woodcox who was able to draw the Wildcats' keeper out of the net. Woodcox maneuvered around the keeper and fired to the corner for a 3-0 lead.

The rout was on for the Knights who didn't let up while scoring seven times in the first half. And despite the large number of scores, the South Vermillion netminder actually made quite a few excellent saves to keep the first half margin from getting larger.

"I thought the South Vermillion goal keeper made some very nice saves," said Alstott afterwards. "She has no reason to hang her head, she played well."

The pressure from Northview was just too much, especially before halftime.

Heather Foxx blasted a shot off the crossbar midway through the first half in a near miss before Carlee Bell found Jenny Woodcox on the outside of the goal box. She would then send a pass across the box to Ashley Woodcox who completed her hat trick before 20 minutes were gone in the game.

Senior midfielder, Charlie Greichgauer was up next when she gathered in a ball and went in unmarked for a one-on-one and found the back of the net.

The final goal of the half came from Tylee Graverson who was rewarded after a beautiful throwin to an open space in the South Vermillion corner by the endline. Greichgauer took the ball in towards the box where Ashley Woodcox looked for an open look. Instead, the ball came out to Graverson who completed the seven goal outburst in the first half.

"Tiffany (Young), Ashley Clarke and Tylee (Graverson) made some nice runs tonight," mentioned Alstott. "Our fullbacks, midfielders and forwards did a great job of working together."

Foxx got the Knights going quickly in the second half as well when she cleaned up after the Wildcats' keeper made back-to-back saves. Foxx was there to get the rebound for the eighth goal of the contest.

Jenny Woodcox scored five minutes apart midway through the half to get her hat trick for the Knights and Birkey could be credited with a goal after sending a shot on net that deflected off the back of a South Vermillion defender an trickled across the endline with seven minutes remaining.

As Northview subbed liberally over the final 20 minutes of the game, sophomore Breanna Fagg's hustle paid off with less than a minute remaining when she met the Wildcats' keeper on a loose ball. Fagg's challenge chipped the ball over the keeper and into the net for the final score.

"We've told the subs that when they get into the game it's about business," said Alstott. "It was great to have them involved in our eighth shutout of the season and it was nice to see Breanna (Fagg) get her goal."

Though the victory gets the Knights to their first final, Alstott knows that claiming the title is going to be a difficult challenge against a Greencastle squad that has just two losses this year. One of those defeats came 3-2 against the Knights midway through the season.

"Greencastle is a very difficult team," said Alstott. "They've been on a tear the last part of the year and we know they'll be ready for us."

The teams square off on Saturday night at Terre Haute South beginning at 6 p.m.

Terre Haute South Girls Soccer Sectional

Semifinals

Northview75-12
S.Vermillion00-0

Next Game: Northview faces Greencastle for the sectional championship at 6 p.m.



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