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Northview soccer win thrillers against Brown County

Monday, September 21, 2009

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Jon Stennett assisted on the Knights first goal against Brown County.
Staff Report

The Northview soccer teams enjoyed their weekend by posting a pair of wins against visiting Brown County on Saturday afternoon.

The boys' squad came into the match searching for its first win of the season against an Eagles' team that had designs on a WIC championship.

Brown County was 6-2-1 coming into the game and 2-0 in the WIC.

In a see-saw affair, the Knights showed off some mettle in battling through overtime and then winning on penalty kicks, 2-1 after a 4-4 deadlock through overtime.

Northview drew the first blood in the wild affair as senior James Bryan received a feed from Jon Stennett and Bry Bell and found the net just two minutes into the contest.

The two teams battled tooth-and-nail for the advantage before Brown County tied the game 25 minutes later.

With Northview celebrating Senior Night for Bell, Kody Brattain, Bryan, Robert Hines, Robert Joslyn, Josh Lynch, Jordan Nelson, Marc Schmidt and Snyder, it was only fitting that Snyder put his team ahead 2-1 on a direct kick. After the Eagles regained a tie, it was Nick Ross who found the net after a pass from Sean Brockman and Snyder to give the Knights a 3-2 advantage.

Brown County wasn't going to go away quietly and found the net to send the game to overtime tied at 3-3.

In the extra session, Northview went ahead, but the Eagles tied the match to force PK's with just minutes remaining.

In penalty kicks, Snyder gave Northview the lead with an opening salvo before the Eagles were able to barely sneak one by the Knights keeper, Joslyn. In round two, Alex Frankville's shot was halted by the Eagles' keeper, but Joslyn proved up to the task on the following shot. James Bryan planted his shot in the net for a 2-1 Northview advantage and the Eagles fired their shot high over the cross bar. Schmidt tallied another point for Northview on the Knights' final shot and Joslyn smothered the Eagles chance to send the Knights to victory.

The win gave Northiew a 1-2 mark in WIC play and a 1-14 mark overall.

In the girls match, Northview found the net three times in the first half and twice more in the second to score a 5-4 victory against the Eagles.

The Knights got off 30 shots in controlling the pace of play against Brown County and the defense was fully tested against talented Eagles' offensive star, Kami Graber.

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Carlee Bell found the net in Northview's win over the Eagles.
Northview got the scoring underway as Krista Stearley broke free of the defense and fired a grounder past keeper, Chelsea Brester for a 1-0 advantage at the 19-minute mark. The Eagles answered right back as Graber dribbled through four Northview defenders and struck from 18 yards out to even the scoring.

The Knights weren't held down long as Carlee Bell had a couple of scoring opportunities, but it was her passing that gave her team the lead again.

Bell crossed a ball through defenders to set up Stearley, who was rushing through traffic and found the net. Stearley got off a late shot in the half that was deflected by Brester in net. The Knights Ashleigh Lehr used her body to force in the third goal for the Knights.

In the second half, Graber asserted herself and got off some early shots to counter Northview's own opportunities. With both squads picking up the intensity, Graber scored at the 26-minute mark to give the Eagles some momentum. Just six minutes later, Graber's cross found Jessi Lawson whose header tied the game.

With the game tied at 3-all, Northiew's Lauren Webster gave the Knights a pivotal spark as her shot at the 14-minute mark sailed past Brester to push the score to 4-3.

Just five minutes later it was Hannah Pond who sent a pass forward to a charging Bell. She broke through the Eagles' defense to score with nine minutes remaining in the match.

Graber continued to pressure the Knights' defense and with four minutes in the game she managed to get a driving shot away despite being surrounded by four defenders. The shot found its way past goal keeper, Shalee Hathaway to make the game a one goal contest at the end.

Hathaway had two saves on the day with Brester credited with eight. Bell led the Knights with two steals.

The win pushes the Knights' WIC record to 2-2 with a 3-6 overall mark.

The Knights travel to Cascade on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game.

Boys match

Brown County211-4
Northview121-4

Northview wins IN PKs, 2-1.

Next match: Northview hosts South Vermillion today at 5 p.m.

Girls match

Brown County13-4
Northview32-5

Next match: Northview travels to Cascade at 5 p.m. today.