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Knights improve on the field, but fall to Braves

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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Northview's Jonathan Stinnett skies for a header against a pair of South players.
BY CLAY CUNNINGHAM

Times Staff Reporter

Another tough opponent resulted in another difficult outing for a Northview soccer team still seeking its first win of the season.

The Knights dropped a 5-0 decision to Terre Haute South Tuesday. The Braves got out to the lead with a well-executed give-and-go between Rush Sommerville and Nic Henderson.

Northview missed a golden opportunity to tie the game after a miscommunication by the Terre Haute South defense led to a wide-open look at the net for Jonathon Stinnett. Unfortunately for the Knights, Stinnett pushed his shot wide right by inches.

The shot would prove to be Northview's cleanest shot on goal all night. Coach Don Bryan said he was pleased with his team's effort but wanted to see more consistency on the field.

"Our effort is definitely strong," Bryan said. "It's not that we're not trying out there, we're just not finding the goal."

The Knights would give up three more goals in the first period, including a corner kick by Nathan Wheeler with only two seconds to play in the period.

While Northview was considerably more competitive in the second period, the frame proved to be considerably more costly. Goalie Robert Josylyn, who Bryan openly praised for a solid game, was red carded near the end of the period, which resulted in an ejection and suspension in the Knights' next game. Bryan whole-heartedly disagreed with the severity of the penalty.

"It should have been a (penalty kick) for sure," Bryan said, "but the red card signifies he took a player down intentionally, and I don't believe that is true."

Joslyn's suspension means sophomore backup Jacob Booker will tend to the net for the team's home contest on Saturday against Greencastle.

Frank Ohensorge added a penalty kick, that proved to be needless insurance for a South squad that was more than in control of the game.

The loss dropped Northview to 0-11 on the season. The rebuilding of the Northview soccer program was apparent from the get-go, as only four returning players entered the season with any significant varsity experience. Despite their struggles, which at times have resulted in visible on-the-field frustrations, Bryan remained praiseful of his team's effort through the rough season and said he has been pleased with what he considers to be noticeable improvements from the beginning of the year.

"We've got a lot of inexperienced guys who've just got to keep playing hard," Bryan said. "But they understand what they need to do to get better and as long as they keep trying I will be happy."

The Knights return to action Saturday with a home game against Greencastle. The game kicks off at 12:30 p.m.

At Northview

Terre Haute South41--5
Northview00--0

1st period:

THS- Nic Henderson

THS- Kendrick Kester

THS- Allen Keegan

THS- Nathan Wheeler

2nd period:

THS- Frank Ohensorge