Times Sports Editor
After digesting a difficult 10-0 loss to Terre Haute North on its home pitch, the Northview girls' soccer team bounced back to post its own lopsided win, 11-0 over West Vigo, to open conference play on Wednesday evening.
Coach Ahnya Alstott admitted after the victory that her team got a lift from a convincing victory, but wanted her team to keep the win in perspective.
"It's a nice confidence booster, the girls were really down after losing to Terre Haute North," Alstott said. "I reminded them of that, because I didn't want them to rub this in West Vigo's face. When you're on the opposite side (of a loss) it feels really good, but sometimes it's good to have a loss to keep you humble."
The Knights spent most of the first half deep in West Vigo territory, putting extensive pressure on the Viking's keeper.
Carlee Bell needed just 2:17 to find the back of the net on a feed from Lauren Webster from midfield. Webster was a nightmare for the Viking's defense on this night, playing quick and physical soccer, which netted her a number of quality scoring chances along with her teammates.
Jennifer Junker fired a shot near the mid-point of the half, which was saved by the West Vigo keeper, but squirted free. Krista Stearley was in good position to fire the rebound in for the second goal of the game for the Knights.
The next two goals came less than a minute apart as Stearley worked herself free to score on an assist from Webster in the box. Bell got her hat trick 56 seconds later on an assist from Webster.
The final two goals of the first half came from Webster, who had a number of previous shots that were saved by nice plays by the West Vigo keeper. Her first goal came on an assist from Alexis Bender. The seventh goal of the first half completed Stearley's hat trick and gave the Knights a 7-0 lead.
With a comfortable lead, Alstott changed up her lineup and gave a number of players the opportunity to play different positions.
Jackie Moore made some significant contributions on the field and on the scoreboard after moving up front to an attacking position.
Moore took a feed from Bell and found the net at the 32:04 mark for her first career goal and an 8-0 Knights' lead.
Charr-Herr Smith broke free on offense minutes later and got a shot on goal, but the attempt hit the side of the net.
On defense, Alli Thomas saved a potential West Vigo strike on a breakaway by corralling the ball from a Viking near the Northview net.
Webster added her second goal at the 23:47 mark on a breakaway and both Jessie Moore and Allison McWilliams each had stops near the goal for the Knights.
Hannah Pond got a shot off at the West Vigo net minutes after Herr-Smith's free kick curled just wide of the Viking net.
Jackie Moore contributed her second goal of the night when she chipped a shot high over West Vigo's netminder and Jennifer Junker found the net to cap the scoring off an assist by Moore.
"(In the) Second half we changed up the lineup completely and our sweeper ended up scoring two goals. So our last line of defense, besides our goalie, ended up getting two goals, which is kind of neat," Alstott said.
"We didn't want one player to score five goals like Terre Haute North did against us and that's kind of demoralizing," Alstott added. "So we spread the wealth and let some people have opportunity to play positions that they might not have exposure to in another game. With that opportunity comes appreciation for the players that do get to play those positions."
Shalee Hathaway and Taylor Keiser split time in net for the Knights, but did not face a West Vigo shot in the game.
The Knights (1-2 overall, 1-0 WIC) remain at home to take on Danville Sept. 2 at 5 p.m.
Nv -- Carlee Bell, 37:43
Nv -- Krista Stearley (Jennifer Junker), 24:38
Nv -- Bell (Junker), 21:27
Nv -- Stearley (Lauren Webster), 16:01
Nv -- Bell (Webster), 15:05
Nv -- Webster (Alexis Bender), 4:07
Nv -- Stearley, 0:50
Nv -- Jackie Moore (Bell), 32:04
Nv -- Webster, 23:47
Nv -- Moore, 12:48
Nv -- Junker (Moore), 8:01
Next match: Northview (1-2, overall, 1-0 WIC) faces Danville on Sept. 2 at 5 p.m.