Times Sports Editor
The Northview boys' soccer team suffered just a handful of graduation losses from last season, but two of them were all-conference performers.
One of them also happened to be the program's all-time leading goal scorer.
John Latta and Michael Gallion will be difficult to replace for the Knights, but that is the task at hand for this year's edition of the Knights.
Easing the transition will be the return of two more all-conference players in Robert Plummer and Brandon Hathaway.
Those two are a big reason that the Knights brought home a conference championship last year, but replacing Latta's 50 total points (19 goals, 21 assists) might be the biggest task at hand.
That responsibility goes to several new starters along with some other familiar faces.
"We'll be getting Josh Lynch back from injury and you can't think of Northview soccer without players like him, Plummer and Hathaway," said coach Don Bryan.
Hathaway is the leading returning goal scorer with seven, to go along with 10 assists for 24 points. Logan Lynch added 17 points and Josh Lynch had 13 for the Knights.
Ken Wright added six assists for Northview and will play a key role up front for the Knights.
Drew Snyder will take over an important spot at forward after getting six starts last season.
All told, six players who started more than 11 games last year are back for the 2008 season. That, in itself, lessens the learning curve for other players around them.
In net, Cainan Reeves begins his senior season looking to build on last year. He has 14 career starts heading into the season and will have plenty to do with the Knights' success this season.
Nick Hensler started 10 games for the Knights last year and is one of 10 seniors that are expected to lead this team. James Bryan had 11 starts for Northview and was second only to Plummer with 41 steals last year. Hensler added 19 steals for the Knights and had a pair of goals as well.
Mark Reed and Brennan McCullar will add depth to the Knights in reserve roles along with Levi Pollard. Alex Frankville should also get some field time along with Michael Ball and Nick Brown. Backing up Reeves in net is Robert Joslyn.
"Overall I think we're much farther ahead than we were last year," said Bryan.
Northview continues its season tonight with a home game against Crawfordsville.