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Knights fall in boys soccer opener

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

James Bryan (right) chases a ball down during the first of Tuesday's game against Terre Haute North.

Times Sports Editor

The Northview Knights got a rather rude introduction to Terre Haute North freshman Jacob Parham in both team's season opener on Tuesday evening.

Parham used his quickness to get free early to score off a crossing shot that trickled off Northview keeper Robert Joslyn's hands for the opening score just 4:18 into the game.

The Patriots' frosh wasn't done, scoring four more times in the first half as North pulled away to a convincing 10-0 victory against the Knights.

"I'm embarrassed for these guys because they played better than that," coach Don Bryan said. "I don't think it was because of conditioning or lack of effort. I'll take the blame for this (loss)."

Northview's Nick Ross (right) battles for position with a Terre Haute North player.
Parham certainly could be blamed as well as he fired a shot off the crossbar just minutes after Northview's James Bryan's crossing shot skipped off the Patriots' crossbar. Parham wasn't going to be denied the next time around as Parham broke free after a free kick and deposited the game's second score at the 29:17 mark.

John Walsh continued the early flurry, scoring off a corner kick five minutes later before Parham ended Joslyn's night in net with the fifth goal with 23:47 left in the half.

Sophomore Jacob Booker came into the game for the Knights and was quickly tested by North.

Northview would end up a man down for the entire second half and a portion of the first half when Levi Pollard was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty box that was ruled intentional by an official. According to the rule book, Pollard was whistled for a red card and must also miss the opening game of the River City Classic on Friday.

Julian Shamsaie took the penalty kick, but banged the shot off the post.

Booker would go on to allow the sixth and seventh goals of the half, but made several nice saves in relief.

"Booker played well and (James) Bryan well. I knew the defense would bit somewhat of an issue," Bryan said of his team's inexperience at the varsity level.

In the second half the Knights made a couple of runs at a goal as Josh Lynch and Drew Snyder nearly broke free for chances, but couldn't get a clear look.

The Patriots went on to add three second half goals to cap the game's scoring.

The Knights head to Crawfordsville on Thursday evening for a 5 p.m. contest.

At Northview

First half

THN -- Jacob Parham

THN -- Jacob Parham

THN -- John Walsh

THN -- Jacob Parham

THN -- Jacob Parham

THN -- Luke Lakstins

THN -- Julian Shamsaie

Second half

THN -- Ryan Thomas

THN -- Rickey Pemberton

THN -- Jedd Page

Next game: Northview (0-1 overall) travels to Crawfordsville on Thursday at 5 p.m.