Times Staff Reporter
Despite a strong, competitive effort on both sides of the ball, the Northview soccer team was unable to secure its elusive first win, dropping a 5-2 contest to Edgewood Thursday evening.
Northview, whose season has been marred with sluggish early starts on offense, seemed scrappier and more attack oriented Thursday. But despite several open looks, they were unable to crack the scoreboard in the first period.
The Mustangs didn't have such problems, as Jared Simoneaux and Zach Fortune both scored goals, giving Egdewood a 2-0 lead at halftime. Though stuck in yet another potentially downtrodden situation, the Knights came out firing in the second period.
The aggressive style finally paid off for the Knights. Alex Frankville put Northview on the board with a break away goal just over five minutes into the frame. Two minutes later, Drew Snyder did the same, and just like that, Northview had tied the game at two. Though the quick outburst of offense hasn't been characteristic of his squad this season, coach Don Bryan said he knew such a prolific attack was possible.
Northview was able to keep the momentum for several minutes with a string of solid defensive plays. Robert Joslyn was able to avoid a dangerous situation, batting the ball away from three Edgewood players rallying around the net.
Moments later, Josylyn had to leave the game with a bloody knee, and backup goalkeeper Jacob Booker made two nice saves, including denying Edgewood's Jordan Groff on a wide open look.
Sadly for the Knights, the momentum didn't last. Groff rebounded from his rejected shot with 15 minutes to play, trickling a shot past Josylyn, giving the Mustangs a 3-2 lead. Moments later, Fortune sailed a gorgeous pass to an open Kevin Doyle, who headed in a backbreaking fourth goal for Edgewood.
Simoneaux added his second goal in the final two minutes to give added insurance to Edgewood, who sent the Knights to 0-14 with a 5-2 win. Bryan was very complimentary of his team's effort despite another tough loss.
"I can't fault my guys for heart," Bryan said. "They're keeping their heads about them, which isn't always easy to do during a tough season."
The Knights have three more chances to earn a victory before sectional play begins. Bryan remained optimistic they wouldn't end the season without breaking into the win column.
"I definitely think we'll win a game," Bryan said. "One break here and there, the entire landscape of a game can change. All we can do is go out and play."
The Knights return to the field Saturday morning, with a Senior Day game at 11 a.m.
EW- Jared Simoneaux
EW- Zach Fortune
NV- Alex Frankville
NV- Drew Snyder
EW- Jordan Groff
EW- Kevin Doyle
EW- Jared Simoneaux