Times Staff Reporter
TERRE HAUTE -- A tough season came to a close for the Northview boys soccer team, as they dropped a 7-3 decision to West Vigo Saturday morning in sectional play at Terre Haute North.
Things looked promising early, as senior Josh Lynch scored just 56 seconds in, giving Northview a 1-0 lead.
West Vigo took the momentum back minutes later, with a goal by Nathan Gregg. Gregg then took a pretty pass from Andrew Kump for his second goal in the period, which gave the Vikings a 2-1 lead.
The Knights' senior leadership didn't keep them down for long, as Drew Snyder and James Bryan gave them the lead back with two late goals, which gave Northview a 3-2 lead heading into the game's final frame. The Knights kept that lead for nearly half of the second period, before a disastrous one-minute stretch buried the team and led to the end of their season.
Kump tied the game at 22:27, then, Trevor Kelsheimer gave them the lead 16 seconds later with a direct kick. By the time Cody Jones scored at the 21:18 mark, the Knights collective backs were broken. Before things ended, Kump and Christopher Guymon added goals, which culminated the final 7-3 score.
Knights coach Don Bryan said the second period rally put his team in a hole they were unable to escape from. The team had issues with depth, as injuries coupled with the suspension of Nick Ross and Jacob Booker due to a "silly incident in practice," put the Knights behind the eight ball.
Bryan said that despite the hot early start, his team wasn't able to adapt to the struggles of the second period.
"We just ran out of horses there in the second period," Bryan said. "We played well for most of the game, but we just ran out of gas."
After the game's conclusion, Bryan made the rounds hugging and saying his goodbyes to both senior players and their parents, some of whom were in tears. Bryan said Northview, who is losing eight seniors in all, will graduate a lot of leadership and quality play with their departing players.
"I'm just proud of 'em," Bryan said of his seniors. "They left it all on the field and I couldn't of asked for anything more of them. It shows that even if you've got the guys you want, you don't always win."
Despite the losses, Bryan acknowledged there would be plenty of room for improvement next year. The Knights closed the season with a 3-18 record, and Bryan said he expected his returning talent to help increase the team's win total next season.
"We're not rebuilding, just reloading," Bryan said of his prospects next season. "We've got some talent coming back and we expect to have success."
Terre Haute North Sectional
West Vigo 7, Northview 3
1st Period Scoring
NV- Josh Lynch
WV- Nathan Gregg
WV- Nathn Gregg
NV- Drew Snyder
NV- James Bryan
2nd Period Scoring
WV- Andrew Kump
WV- Trevor Kelsheimer
WV- Cody Jones
WV- Andrew Kump
WV- Christopher Guymon