Times Sports Editor
Fortune wasn't smiling on Northview's soccer team on Thursday night.
Despite getting on the scoreboard first, the Knights allowed three somewhat bizarre goals on the way to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Athenians.
Just a year removed from a trip to the semistate during a 16-5 season, Crawfordsville had to be taken a bit aback when the Knights scored on a beautiful combination between Ken Wright and Logan Lynch with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
The score culminated a shift in offensive opportunities between the squads.
Crawfordsville had the best of the early chances, missing wide on a sliding shot by Klajdi Osmani and another that went wide.
But Northview's James Bryan made a nice long run along the sideline into Athenian territory before the ball was chipped away. Shortly afterwards, a throw-in by Drew Snyder resulted in a header that slipped wide of the goal.
But Lynch made sure the next opportunity didn't get away when Wright dribbled towards the end line 20 feet right of the net before sending a crossing pass into the box. Lynch timed his run perfectly, getting a head on the pass that found net at the 10:05 mark.
"We had some good combos and we're subbing well," said coach Don Bryan. "Our shoots were good, I can't complain."
Those high spirits turned out to be short lived when with 2:28 remaining, Northview keeper Cainan Reeves ventured out of the goal to gather in a ball. Instead a shot squirted by him and his diving attempt at chasing the shot down was to no avail. Tyler Whittington tracked it down to even the score for the Athenians.
In the second half, Drew Snyder made a long run through traffic, dodging a pair of defenders before his shot zipped wide of the net.
Crawfordsville missed a chance at taking the lead when they were awarded a penalty kick on a foul in the box. The resulting shot rang off the crossbar and the score remained tied.
Reeves made several very nice saves on Athenian shots during both shots, but the go-ahead goal came as a result of a well-meaning teammate.
With 16:10 remaining in the game, the Athenians were making a run as Osmani looked for an angle along the endline. Instead, he fired to the middle and the shot skipped off retreating defender, Mark Reed, to give Crawfordsville a 2-1 lead.
Just over two minutes later, Austin Evans took advantage of some indecision by Northview defender Robert Plummer and Reeves.
A loose ball stood between the two Knights just a few yards from the goalmouth and Plummer attempting to shield a Crawfordsville player from the ball in order for Reeves to scoop it up. Instead, Evans arrived on the scene to add the third goal before either Knights could clear the shot.
"I'm not upset," said Bryan. "We were playing a good, quality team and they scored on some very fluky things."
Logan Lynch excelled in the game, piling up 20 defensive saves for the Knights.
The Knights fall to 0-2 overall and travel to Evansville's Goebel Soccer Complex and face Evansville Central at 7:30 p.m. tonight followed by a 2 p.m. game against Evansville North on Saturday.
Crawfordsville 3, Northview 1
Nv -- Logan Lynch (Ken Wright), 29:55
Cv -- Tyler Whittington, 37:32
Cv -- Klajdi Osmani, 63:50
Cv -- Austin Evans, 66:12
Next game: Northview (0-2 overall) travels to Evansville to face Evansville North tonight at 7:30 p.m.