The Northview High School girls' soccer team earned a share of the Western Indiana Conference title last night with a dominating 5-1 victory over South Vermillion.
The Knights took the lead early and never let off, led by a first half hat trick by forward Carlee Bell.
Bell kicked off the scoring with an impressive steal, which led to a give-and-go with Jenny Woodcox, who got the assist. She added her second goal with 7:27 to go in the half, and a third at 2:34 putting the game out of reach.
Bell credited her teammates for increasing the level of their play with the season's progression and said they will be a team that causes a lot of problems with sectional opponents.
"At the beginning of the season, I had very little hope," Bell said. "We didn't have much depth, but our bench has stepped up their play and we have made great progress. We are playing like conference champions."
Woodcox took over the scoring duties in the second half with two goals, including a definitive goal with 23 seconds remaining.
Defensively, the Knights were equally impressive, keeping the ball away from their goal for most of the game's duration. The only blemish came on a goal by South Vermillion's Alli Cavanaugh with 13:39 left in the second half.
The win moved the Knights to 6-5 on the season, but more importantly pushed them to 5-0 in the conference, one game better than Sullivan with one game to go. They can claim the conference title outright with a win next Thursday followed by a game at Owen Valley.
With postseason play fast approaching, the Knights seem to be shaping into a squad that could do some damage.
However, head coach, Tony Alstott said he was more focused on the remainder of the regular season, in claiming not just a conference title, but claiming just the second winning season in the school's history. Alstott said he was focused on the girls ending the season with enough momentum that they can go into sectionals with confidence.
"Sectional is still a ways out," Alstott said. "We want to make sure we get the conference title and a winning season. There's still a lot of business to take care of."
Before their decisive conference battle with Owen Valley, the Knights will face a stiff non-conference test at Terre Haute South on Tuesday. The team will also be hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday at Wendy's in Brazil from 4:30-7:30 p.m., with a portion of food purchases going to the team.
Next Game -- The Knights face Terre Haute South on the road Tuesday.