Times Staff Reporter
A barrage of shots from Terre Haute North put a kink in the armor of the Knights Thursday as they were blanked 10-0 during their home opener.
Northview (0-2) was dominated in time of possession, and it showed as the Knights only managed two shots for the game -- one each half -- which was no match for the 40 (29 in the first half) booted by the Patriots.
"We are a very young team, and today was one of those days where the inexperience was shown," Northview coach Ahnya Alstott said. "There was a lot of hesitance when it came to attacking the ball and a lot of times where they were unsure of where they needed to be position-wise."
Terre Haute North's Molly McKee took control of the game early, scoring the Patriots' first goal 6:16 into the first half, and netted a hat trick only 13:44 in to stake a 3-0 lead.
McKee didn't stop there, however, scoring her fourth goal with 3:51 left in the first half to put the Knights down 6-0 heading into the half. She struck twice more in the second half, capping off a double hat trick midway through on a free kick.
"We anticipated a tough one coming into the game," Alstott said. "Most of the team is still adjusting to the physical play of the varsity level."
Alstott pulled starting goalkeeper Shalee Hathaway for Taylor Keiser after Terre Haute North's Brooke Humphrey bounced one over Hathaway into the net, giving the Patriots (2-0) a 9-0 lead.
The Knights struggled all game long to sustain offensive momentum, but created some opportunities in the final 10 minutes. With four minutes to go, Krista Stearley managed to break away from the pack, but her shot sailed over the crossbar.
"I'm really proud of the team because they didn't give up," Alstott said. "When you're down 9-0, it's tough to maintain any type of intensity, but the team kept going, had some offensive runs and kept their heads held high."
The Patriots' scoring was capped off after a wayward pass bounced off Northview's Char Herr-Smith into the Knights' net with 1:04 remaining for an own goal.
"It was heartbreaking to see the own goal happen," Alstott said. "Despite the score tonight, I think we will be very competitive Wednesday against West Vigo."
Injuries have also been an issue for the team so far this season and Gwen Snow may be added to the list after having to be carted off the field with a possible knee or calf injury with 4:19 to go.
However, Alstott added with the team keeping its intensity high, she sees great possibilities for the team going into conference play and next season as well.
"Shalee did have a lot of saves and although Taylor had never played keeper before, she did great in the time she was in," Alstott said. "I see (Kaiser) as a great asset, especially next year, and the team should make a lot of progress as the season goes on."
On Tuesday, the Knights dropped their season opener to Crawfordsville 5-3.
Breanna Fagg scored the first goal of the season 13 minutes into the game and Northview held a 1-0 lead at halftime.
However, Crawfordsville scored four unanswered goals in the first 19 minutes of the second half to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Lindsay Woodcox scored off a Carlee Bell assist with nine minutes left and Stearley netted a goal, with an assist from Lauren Webster, in the final minute to cap the scoring for the Knights.
Terre Haute North 10, Northview 0
NV -- none
THN -- Molly McKee 6:16, McKee 12:40, McKee 13:44, Amanda Loebker 37:35, Morgan Stewart 34:07, McKee 36:09
NV -- none
THN -- McKee 50:35, McKee 60:01, Brooke Humphrey 60:34, own goal 78:56
Shots -- THN 40, NV 2
Next game: Northview Vs. West Vigo, 5 p.m., Wednesday, at Northview.
At Crawfordsville (From Tuesday)
Crawfordsville 5, Northview 3
NV -- Breanna Fagg (13th minute)
C -- None
NV -- Lindsay Woodcox (Carlee Bell, 71st minute), Krista Stearley (Lauren Webster, 79th minute)
C -- Katy Conklin (42nd minute), Alex Gasaway (48th minute), Haley Horner (55th minute), Horner (59th minute), Conklin (76th minute)