Times Sports Editor
Cascade hardly gave Northview time to settle into Tuesday's boys' soccer game before they had virtually taken the Knights out of the contest.
The Knights fell behind 2-0 in the first six minutes of the game as Michael Ferguson scored on an assist by Colin Ernst. The Cadets then added the second goal shortly afterwards on a tally from Tucker Cox on a second assist by Ernst.
"We just came out flat," said coach Don Bryan of his team that played its sixth game in eight days. "It's tough after playing well for so long to come out like this."
After being forced out of a game in a tourney at Evansville over the weekend, Cainan Reeves returned to the net against Cascade. However, further contact on an early play led to Robert Joslyn's substitution in the net.
"Cainan got banged again on his knee and we decided to bring Robert in," said Bryan. "He stepped in and did a good job for us."
The Cadets carried the offensive play in the first half and eventually added their third goal of the contest when Ernst scored off an assist from Ferguson.
Nick Hensler kept the score from escalating any further when he stopped a shot in net off a crossing shot that was redirected in the box. His timely block near the goal line kept the score at 3-0 with just over seven minutes left in the half.
Northview was able to answer back with 5:37 remaining in the half when Northview penetrated deep into Cadets' territory. Ken Wright sent a crossing pass into the box to a waiting Josh Lynch, who centered the ball into the net.
Hensler nearly added another goal right before halftime when his header off a pass from Brandon Hathaway went just wide.
The second half got a bit chippy between the teams with a pair of yellow cards passed out to Northview players and several no calls on hard tackles and pushes by Cascade players.
Cascade got the goal back when the Knights were called for a hand ball at the 24 minute mark of the second half. Dylan Alltop took the penalty kick and slipped the shot inside the left post for a 4-1 Cascade lead.
The remainder of the game belonged to the Knights, who seemed to be reinvigorated during the latter stages of the game.
The Knights began to pressure the Cascade defenders, pushing into the box and draing a corner kick. Hathaway launched a shot in front of the net where officials missed a handball on the Cadets, allowing play to continue. Northview was unable to capitalize on the chance.
Shortly afterwards, the Knights got another corner chance that barely failed on a missed header by Josh Lynch. The pressure continued on a missed shot by Hathaway and a shot by Hensler on net. Mark Reed also got a shot on the net, launching a shot to the box that trickled past the endline.
Northview finally got some satisfaction with 15 minutes left in the game on another corner kick from Hathaway. This one ricocheted off Nick Hensler's chest to the waiting Logan Lynch, who made the score 4-2.
From there, the Knights got several more chances over the final minutes, but were unable to close the gap any more.
"Defensively I liked the play of Robert Plummer and Mark Reed," said Bryan. "We had some good combos, but we have to put together two good halves."
The Knights get a break until they face visiting Danville on Saturday afternoon at noon.
Cascade 4, Northview 2
C -- Ferguson (Ernst)
C -- Cox (Collins)
C -- Ernst (Ferguson)
Nv -- Josh Lynch (Wright)
C -- Alltop
Nv -- Logan Lynch (Hensler, Hathaway)
Next game: Northview (0-6 overall) hosts Danville on Saturday at noon.