Times Sports Editor
Perhaps the Knights are finally getting some of the breaks that escaped them in a season-opening 14-game losing streak.
The Knights battled their way past Brown County on Saturday and on Tuesday, Northview took on visiting South Vermillion and came away with a 1-0 conference victory.
"That's the kind of game where we've been on the other end, hustling and we don't get the win. Jordan Nelson played a great game back there, he's gotten better each and every game after not playing last year," coach Don Bryan said. "Individual effort was there, I just don't know if they've recovered from Saturday's marathon."
The Knights were a bit sluggish in the first half as South Vermillion dictated the pace of play and got to many of the loose balls. David Vaughn sent a pass ahead to Jacob Gilman, but his shot was blocked away. Vaughn's corner kick was headed out by Drew Snyder a couple of minutes later in the half.
Northview's Ryan Hines then cut off a potential break by the Wildcats' Vaughn to keep the game scoreless.
As the second half kicked off, the Knights had renewed energy and it paid off in numerous chances.
Marc Schmidt drew the Wildcats' keeper out of the net, but wasn't able to get a shot away early in the half.
Northview finally dented the scoreboard nine minutes in as Alex Frankville sent a corner kick into the box that found Schmidt, who rifled the shot home for the contest's lone score.
"We weren't getting things like that, we've worked on it and before we struggled getting corner kicks," Bryan said. "This was one of the few games where we've had more fouls than the other team."
Northview kept the pressure on up front with Nick Ross narrowly missing an assist to Adam Neese that was a tad too long. Ross had his own quality shot that trickled wide late in the game. Snyder had the prettiest attempt on a direct kick that curled around a South Vermillion four-man wall and banged off the cross bar.
Despite the continued assault on South Vermillion's defense, the Knights weren't able to add another score, but they didn't' need it as Robert Joslyn kept the Wildcats scoreless in gaining a shutout.
"Across the board this is a good group of seniors, a great crop of kids. Probably one of the best group of kids I've ever coached," Bryan said. "We've just not had many breaks so maybe this is the beginning of getting some of those breaks."
The Knights are back in action at Sullivan in the final WIC contest on Sept. 29 beginning at 5 p.m.