For 40 minutes they did just that, but Spencer got loose to score three second half goals, her second hat trick of the postseason as the Tiger Cubs ended Northview's outstanding season, 3-1.
"Hannah is an excellent player," assessed Northview coach Tony Alstott. "Coming in we counted on her getting two goals. We had lots of chances and Greencastle's goal keeper did a great job of keeping (the ball) out of the net."
Greencastle's speedy Jamie Patterson had a hard shot saved in the opening minute by Northview goal keeper, Christina Arvin. Northview's Jenny Woodcox then took a crossing pass from her sister Ashley Woodcox and fired a shot on net that was saved by Micki Ehrhardt.
Less than two minutes into the half, Spencer got an opportunity that was saved again by Arvin. However, just two minutes later Greencastle's Crystal VanArsdale raced up the sideline with the ball before sending a pass into the Northview box where Spencer was making a run. Spencer found the opening she needed for a shot into the corner to break the scoreless tie.
Northview's players didn't hang their collective heads, instead, they regrouped and went on the attack themselves.
Less than three minutes later, Charlie Greichgauer broke through two defenders at the top of the Tiger Cubs' box where she fired a liner just under the cross bar to tie the game for the Knights.
"I was proud to see us respond after Hannah's goal," said Alstott of his team tying the contest. "Our girls played hard, both teams played aggressive tonight."
The Knights nearly took the lead several minutes later when Carlee Bell made a long run and had a one-on-one chance with Ehrhardt in the goal box, but her shot was tipped wide on an outstanding save by the Tiger Cubs' senior keeper.
Soon afterward, the Knights got another quality chance when Ehrhardt made a save near the post, but the ball scooted free in front of an open net. But Greencastle's Becky Grivas scrambled to boot the ball out of danger for the Tiger Cubs.
With their defense turning away the Knights' best chances, Spencer came back and gave her team the momentum.
Coming in with five goals in the first two games of the sectional, Spencer added her second of Saturday's game when she gathered up a loose ball inside Northview's box, 57 minutes into the game. Two strides later, she fired in a shot for a 2-1 Greencastle lead.
Keeping the pressure on, Northview continued to put together chances as time dwindled on its season.
Tylee Graverson crossed a ball into Jenny Woodcox and Stormi Raines where Ehrhardt made another save. The Knights had the ball in Greencastle's penalty box several times in the closing minutes but weren't able to capitalize.
Greencastle added a final goal from Spencer with five seconds left in the game.
Despite the loss, Alstott credited his team's defensive play.
"This was Christina's (Arvin) last game and I was really proud of how she played," said Alstott of his senior goal keeper. "Heather Foxx is a senior and she had the job of marking Spencer again and I thought she did a great job too."
The sectional loss ends a season in which the Knights had their first winning season in program history as well as earning a share of their first conference championship. Northview finishes the season at 12-6 overall and Greencastle improves to 14-2-3 and moves on to the Mooresville Regional where they face Center Grove on Wednesday.
Terre Haute South Soccer Sectional
Next Game: Greencastle (14-2-3) faces Center Grove in Wednesday's Mooresville Regional. Northview ends their season at 12-6.