TERRE HAUTE -- The early stages of the 2008 season are ones that Northview's boys' soccer team are hoping to put behind them. However, recent improved focus and chemistry have given rise to the team's first win and a tight battle on the road against Terre Haute South on Tuesday.
The Knights battled a young, talented South squad to a 1-1 deadlock at halftime before the Braves were finally able to squeeze out a 3-1 victory over the Knights.
Drew Snyder scored the Knights first half goal off a free kick with 13:45 remaining in the first half to give Northview a lead.
"Drew Snyder's score off the free kick was one of the best kicks I have seen in a long time," commented coach Don Bryan.
The Knights had the best of their chances in a first half in which they out shot the Braves. Northview sent wave after wave at the Braves, who in return countered with their own opportunities in a back-and-forth opening 40 minutes.
"Our offensive shots were placed better and on target," Bryan pointed out. "But we were still missing in the back of the net."
South was able to even the match with just over four minutes to go before halftime when Nic Henderson scored when he worked his way through traffic and found an opening.
Bryan felt that he got improved defensive play from his team that enabled the Knights to keep the game even into the second half.
"Levi Pollard played extremely well again," mentioned Bryan. "South kept coming down the sides and James Bryan shut down the right side and Robert Plummer finally looked like the all-conference player of last year."
The Braves were able to score the victory on the foot of Allen Keegan, who found the net for a pair of goals late in the second half.
"The second shots and the ball going up the line and allowing South to get it back, just wore out the back defense," admitted Bryan.
"Cainan Reeves played a great game and praise should go to Nick Hensler, Logan Lynch and Brandon Hathaway for a great effort and attempting to rally the team," added Bryan.
Brennan McCullar, Evan Deal and Michael Ball each contributed much to the Knights near miss on the road.
"It still comes down to two, 40-minute efforts by the whole team," said Bryan. "If we can put that together than we'll have it."
Northview (1-9 overall) plays at Greencastle on Saturday following a 10:45 a.m. game between the Tiger Cubs and Knights' girls teams.
At T.H. South
Nv -- Drew Snyder
THS -- Nic Henderson (Keegan)
THS -- Allen Keegan (Josh Pigg)
THS -- Keegan (Ian Cook).
Next game: Northview (1-9) travels to Greencastle on Saturday.