Times Sports Editor
The Northview girls' soccer team was outmatched in a tussle with a more polished Terre Haute South squad on Tuesday night. The Braves scored twice in the opening 10 minutes and used that confidence to take a 10-0 decision over the Knights.
Braves' senior Kayla Liffick was able to score a hat trick in the first half and Lexy Penwell added two goals and a pair of assists as South built a 7-0 lead before the first half was over. However, in the second half, Northview seemed to settle in and become a more aggressive team on both sides of the field and that aided in producing a more even second, 40 minutes of play.
Northview also was able to get plenty of its JV team some valuable experience according to coach Ahnya Alstott.
"(The reserves) played well, they got some playing time and every bit of experience is beneficial to all the players," Alstott said. "So it's exciting to get some of the girls, who have seen a lot of bench time, in there. We held them to only three goals in the second half, which is good, we gave (our girls) a little pep talk at halftime. Even though they scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half, (the Braves) didn't score in the first five minutes so we closed that five-minute gap again."
Northview sophomore Taylor Keiser was in net during the second half and produced some very nice saves against a Braves team that continued to attack with a number of starters still in the lineup.
Carlee Bell was able to get off a shot off on a direct kick shortly afterwards, but South countered.
Kaiser was up to the task as South brought the ball dangerously close to the net, but the Northview netminder shielded the ball from the Braves forward to make the save along the endline. As a whole, the Northview defense played much more cohesively as a unit during the second half of action.
"Taylor (Keiser) did an awesome job, Carlee Bell did a great job tonight and all of the girls went out there to play soccer tonight, but I think they went out there trying not to lose badly so we need to battle that mindset," Alstott said.
Jennifer Junker, Hannah Pond, Char Herr-Smith and Tara Summers played a solid second half in the defensive zone for the Knights.
On the offensive end for the Knights, Breanna Fagg answered for Northview, driving towards the net before her shot was blocked away by the Braves' defense.
The Braves were able to find the net again with 6:08 remaining to cap their scoring.
Last week, the Knights scored a WIC victory on Thursday night, defeating South Vermillion by a 4-1 count.
The Knights scored three times in the first half to take control of the match and pick up the conference win.
Bell had a goal and an assist while Krista Stearley and Jennifer Junker each had a score as well. Ashleigh Lehr had an assist and Lauren Webster had a goal and an assist for the Knights. Gwen Snow had two saves and Jacki Moore added another.
Shalee Hathaway played the first half in the net and added 16 minutes in the second half while sharing time with Kaiser.
Next match: Northview (4-8 overall) goes to Owen Valley on Thursday evening.