Times Staff Reporter
Early high energy and stifling defense helped the Northview girls' soccer team shut out Monrovia, 9-0, Monday afternoon.
The Knights needed no time to get on the board as Jenny Woodcox scored off a Stormi Raines' pass 1:53 into the game.
Northview pushed out to a 3-0 lead with 30:18 left in the first half following a Carlee Bell goal, which was assisted by Lauren Webster.
"Before the game, I emphasized that we needed to play with high energy in the first 10 minutes," Northview Coach Tony Alstott said. "We got out to a three-goal lead early and were able to keep up the energy through the rest of the first half."
Bell would score twice more in the first half, getting her hat trick with 1:07 left off a Bonnie Froderman assist, to give the Knights a 7-0 lead going into halftime.
Northview had an assist on six of the seven first-half goals, with the unassisted goal coming off a penalty kick netted by Woodcox, who also had two assists, with 24:42 left.
"I'm very impressed with the number of assists we had," Alstott said. "We were very sharp in our passing and unselfish in how we played. It is rare to have that many assists."
With the large lead, Alstott was able to get all of the players some time on the field in the second half.
"With (Cayla) Yockey out with a injury, and the big lead, we got a chance to look at different combinations," he said.
The Knights added two unassisted goals in the second half as Bell scored her fourth goal with at the 14:21 mark and Krista Stearley closed out the scoring with 4:34 left in the game.
Northview controlled possession in its half of the field for the majority of the game as goalkeeper Rachel Alstott and Tiffany Young made one save apiece in the shutout.
"They scored on us last year, so we were looking to get the shutout tonight," Alstott said. "I was glad to see us take shots from different angles because we have been hesitant to take shots from outside the 20-yard line most of the season."
The win pushes the Knights' record to 3-4 on the season and Alstott said the team will now focus on Wednesday's game at Edgewood, which is slated to begin at 5 p.m.
"We were (WIC) conference co-champions with Edgewood last year and they are a favorite to win it again this year," he said. "We beat them 1-0 last year in a tough game, but they are returning most of their players and we have to play well, and most likely have to beat them, in order to win the conference outright."
The entire Knights' team wore pink socks in honor of the "Let's Kick Cancer" game in which the American Cancer Society and Northview's SADD organization were able to collect more than $30 in donations for the fight against cancer.
The Knights also fell to Greencastle Saturday by a score of 7-1 in a non-conference matchup.
Greencastle jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the half and Jenny Woodcox scored the lone goal for the Knights in the game.
Northview suffered a couple of injuries during the game. A slide tackle from a Greencastle player led to a knee injury to Cayla Yockey as she attempted a save and Rachel Alstott suffered a right-knee injury on a Greencastle charging penalty. Alstott was able to play against Monrovia Monday while Yockey was on crutches and sat out.
Northview 9, Monrovia 0
NV -- Jenny Woodcox (Stormi Raines) 1:53, Lauren Webster (Jenny Woodcox) 5:10, Carlee Bell (Lauren Webster) 9:42, Lindsay Woodcox (Jenny Woodcox) 14:05, Jenny Woodcox -- Penalty shot 15:18, Carlee Bell (Hannah Pond) 16:21, Carlee Bell (Bonnie Froderman) 28:53
NV -- Carlee Bell 54:31, Krista Stearley 75:26
Greencastle 7, Northview 1
NV -- Jenny Woodcox 50:13
Next game: Northview plays at Edgewood on Wednesday at 5 p.m.