Times Sports Editor
When you're celebrating Senior Night, it doesn't get any better than picking up a victory in front of your friends and family.
When you shutout your opponent and your keeper is one of nine players playing her last home game, than you can call the night perfect.
That's exactly how Northview got to finish its home schedule on Monday night, with a blanking of visiting North Knox, 2-0.
Before the game, Cayla Yockey, Bonnie Froderman, Ashley Clarke, Jenny Woodcox, Tiffany Young, Rachel Alstott, Kirstie Hensley and Stormi Raines were honored by teammates, family and friends and then they stepped onto the field and took care of business against a tough Warriors squad.
The first half remained scoreless despite some quality chances by both teams.
Alstott, Northview's keeper, might have played the biggest role in the first half, making a couple of beautiful saves on long shots by the Warriors.
The Knights weren't without their own chances as Krista Stearley nearly was able to rundown a long pass just outside of the box that the Warriors' keeper came out on. However, Stearley was just a split second too late to avoid the save.
Lauren Webster fired another shot on net that the keeper bobbled, but there was no Knight following the play.
Carlee Bell and Woodcox teamed for numerous close calls in the game, the most enticing coming with just six minutes left in the half.
Bell slipped past a North Knox defender and fed the ball forward to Woodcox, who had an opening, but the Warriors were able to chip it away before the Knights got off a shot.
"Jenny and Carlee had some great passing combinations tonight," pointed out coach Tony Alstott.
Opening the second half, Lindsay Woodcox narrowly missed off a corner kick, one of eight in the game for Northview.
Ten minutes into the half, Froderman sent a pass forward to Bell, who banged a shot off the cross bar. The two switched positions on the next chance as Froderman got an opening off Bell's pass, but sent her shot wide.
"Bonnie really stepped up her game," said Alstott. "She had some centers and scoring opportunities. The last 10 minutes she played a smart game marking her player."
The Knights finally cracked the scoring column at the 20:31 mark when Jenny Woodcox beat a defender to a loose ball at midfield and quickly passed forward to Bell zipping to the net. From there, Bell was able to outrun the defenders and rip a shot past the keeper for the eventual game-winner.
North Knox picked up their pressure at that moment with Victoria Metheny and Brooke Etmeier made quality advances, but found no where to go against the Knights' defenders.
"(North Knox) played a formation we haven't seen all season," said Alstott of the Warriors. "Tiffany (Young) and the fullbacks were always outnumbered, but Tiffany really shut them down. Stormi played a great game. I usually give her a substitute, but she was playing too good."
Raines also got an offensive opportunity on a crossing pass to Bell late in the game, but the shot went wide.
Over the final minutes, Raines, Young, Bethany Wright, Clarke and Hannah Pond were at their best, shutting down the Warriors from crossing the ball into the middle and working the end line to near perfection.
"Clarke played a good second half for us," mentioned Alstott of his senior fullback. "Kirstie Hensley got her first varsity start and held her ground well."
Northview got the perfect capper to the game with just 30 seconds left as a corner kick by Pond was bounced around before she found Jenny Woodcox for the Knights' second goal and the victory.
The Knights finish off the regular season tonight with a road trip to Southmont before opening sectional play.
Nv -- Carlee Bell (Jenny Woodcox), 20:31
Nv -- Jenny Woodcox (Hannah Pond), 0:30
Next match: Northview (8-6 overall) travels to Southmont tonight at 5 p.m.