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Visiting Mooresville sends Knights to loss

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

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Northview's Levi Pollard clears a Mooresville shot away from the Knights' defensive end.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

The Northview boys' soccer team still hasn't found what it has been searching for this season.

Simply put, the Knights would just like to get a victory.

Though they've had some moments of accomplished play, the Knights haven't been able to string together an entire 80 minute effort that has resulted in a win.

The Mooresville Pioneers visited on Tuesday night and were able to pull away late for a 5-2 win that sent the Knights to their eighth loss of the year.

"I was glad to see that we didn't lose our composure," said coach Don Bryan. "I think (Mooresville) thought that maybe they could come in here and beat us 8-0. I thought that they were the ones who lost their composure at times."

The Pioneers came out firing to start the game and Northview goalkeeper Robert Joslyn kept the Knights even with several nice stops in net. His back-to-back saves on point blank Pioneer shots just 10 minutes into the game gave Northview a chance at swinging the momentum.

However, midway through the half, Mooresville broke through on a shot from the top of the box that crept under the crossbar.

The sudden deficit seemed to spark the Knights, who quickly got a chance from Ken Wright. The senior was nearly able to beat Mooresville's keeper to a loose ball, but the Pioneer made the save.

Drew Snyder however, wasn't to be denied when he got a chance with 13:47 remaining in the half. He was able to wriggle free from a defender to fire a shot from 15 yards out that caught the bottom of the crossbar for a game-tying score.

Northview had a couple of chances to take a lead, the best being off a direct kick by Wright that soared over a Pioneer wall and barely over the cross bar.

Moments later, Wright and Brennan McCullar broke free, chasing down a pass in the penalty area. The ball squirted free of the keeper, but neither Knight was able to get a clear shot away.

Unfortunately for the Knights, Mooresville's Ryan Skora didn't have the same issue with just 1:10 left in the half.

Joslyn was caught too far out of the net on a play that Skora reached first. The Pioneer senior chipped the ball over Joslyn and into the net for a 2-1 halftime lead.

Mooresville opened the scoring in the second half as well.

Just three minutes into the second half, Skora pushed the Knights' deficit to 3-1, slipping a shot past Cainan Reeves in goal.

Reeves followed that up with two great saves of Mooresville shots to keep the game close.

The Pioneers continued to pressure Northview's defense over the next couple of minutes and were able to gain a 4-1 lead when a pass from the endline to the box resulted in a score with 29:11 left in the game.

To Northview's credit, they came right back to narrow the deficit as Brandon Hathaway slipped a centering pass to Logan Lynch, who fired the shot into the net.

Lynch nearly added a second goal minutes later when Hathaway's direct kick was headed just over the goal by the senior.

Mooresville added the final goal of the game off a penalty kick awarded after an illegal tackle in the box with 12:54 remaining in the game.

"It eats at you a bit," said Bryan of another loss. "But the kids know they are doing things right, we just haven't been able to get a win."

Bryan did find some positives in the loss.

"Levi Pollard played his best game so far," commented Bryan. "He stepped right in.

"Robert Plummer played better for us and I thought that Brennan McCullar did a nice job," continued Bryan. "He almost had a couple of goals for us."

Northview plays host to West Vigo in its opening WIC game on Thursday evening at 5 p.m.



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