By CLAY CUNNINGHAM
Times Staff Reporter
Northview High School ended a miserable losing streak in rain soaked conditions Thursday evening.
The Knights earned their first victory of the season with a 2-0 win against West. Northview scored early, then rode a solid defensive effort to its first win after eight consecutive losses.
While happy to earn a victory, Knights head coach Don Bryan said he felt his team was still capable of better effort.
"It was an ugly game," Bryan said. "I don't feel like we played as well as we can, but a win's a win."
Eight minutes and 16 seconds into the first period, junior forward Drew Snyder scored on a direct kick to put the Knights on the board. From there on out, the defense took control of the game. Goaltender Cainan Reeves pitched a shutout, stopping several open shots while getting assistance from defenders Levi Pollard and Robert Plummer.
While the defensive effort was solid, the Knights also benefited from good fortune. Seven minutes into the first period, West Vigo senior Rogelio Montemayor had an open shot bounce off two posts before falling short of the goal.
Seven minutes later, senior Lennard Zuhlker also fired a shot past Joslyn before clanging off the right goal post. Bryan said his team has fallen victim to misfortunate events such as these all season and was happy to see the fortune finally go his team's way.
With 7:50 to go, sophomore forward Alex Frankville put the game away, sneaking a shot past Viking goalie Sean Burton.
Coach Bryan once again expressed relief in his team's first victory of the season, and said he was hopeful that his team would be able to build on the evening's success and salvage the rest of their season.
"Right now we have got to take it one game at a time," Bryan said. "We played within ourselves and it worked out well, and we just need to build on (tonight's game)."
West Vigo 2, West Vigo 0
Next game -- The Knights are at Terre Haute South at 5 p.m., Tuesday