Times Staff Reporter
A strong start and a strong finish weren't enough to overcompensate for a lethargic middle, as the Northview soccer team fell to 0-8, losing a tight 3-2 battle at West Vigo Thursday night.
Things started swimmingly for Northview, as Marc Schimdt was able to sneak a long distance shot over Viking goalie Ryan Martin's head, to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Knights, West Vigo would quickly snatch the momentum and did not relinquish it for the remainder of the game. Quickly following Schimdt's goal, West Vigo's Javier Terrazas tied the game at one. Eleven minutes later, the Vikings took the lead when Trevor Kelsheimer took advantage of a Northview defensive miscommunication, putting one past goalie Robert Josyln.
Northview coach Don Bryan said he thought most of his players put forth a good effort, but their inability to get after a few select loose balls proved to be their downfall.
"West Vigo out hustled us at times," Bryan said. "Sometimes that makes all the difference."
Though they were stifled offensively almost throughout, Northview had a golden opportunity in the final seconds of the first period when Nick Ross was able to get a clean shot at the goal. Goaltender Martin had none of it however, effectively swatting the ball away, and preserving the Viking lead.
Josyln and the Knight defense did their best to keep the game close, turning away the Vikings on several advantageous scoring opportunities throughout the entire contest. Their efforts could only accomplish so much however, as Brice McFaddin made a spirited, dashing kick nearly seven minutes into the second period, to give West Vigo a 3-1 lead.
Though they were down, the Knights did what they could to make a game of it late. Josh Lynch gave Northview a glimmer of hope, breaking a 73:01 scoring drought with a breakaway goal with 1:02 to go in the final period. However, with little time to build on their new momentum, the Knights fell short.
The loss is yet another tough defeat in a very rough start to the season for Northview. Though he was visibly frustrated and rather brief with his words following the game, Bryan was complimentary to his core group of players.
"Some of our guys played with a lot of heart" Bryan said. "I wasn't thrilled with some of the officiating, and you want to win, but it is what it is."
The Knights return to action on Saturday at Danville, 10 a.m.
At West Vigo
WV- Andrew Kump
WV- Trevor Kelsheimer
WV- Brice McFaddin
NV- Josh Lynch