Times Staff Reporter
The Northview Knights kicked off their 2010 soccer season Tuesday night with a home victory against the Crawfordsville Athenians, 3-1.
Northview got off to a fast start on Tuesday, with senior Lauren Webster scoring the first goal for Northview only four minutes into the game with an assist by junior Krista Stearley. After the first goal, both Northview and Crawfordsville looked sluggish. First-year Knights' coach Lauren Trennel, attributed the slow down to conditioning due to it being the Knights' first game.
"Once we got tired we lost possessions," Trennel said. "And that made us have breakdowns defensively."
Everything else seemed to be going Northview's way during the first half until the 20-minute mark, when the momentum clearly swung towards Crawfordsville. Even fate seemed to be against the Knights as freshman Libby Deckard attempted a shot at the 17-minute mark.
The ball had a clear path to the goal as the Northview fans in the seats nearby started to cheer. However, a strong gust of wind pushed the ball in mid-air, moving it just wide right of the goal.
The Athenians were able to capitalize on the play with five minutes left in the first half, as Crawfordsville senior Haley Horner scored the Athenians only goal of the game.
The Knights went into halftime disappointed, even though the score was tied. Trennel quickly tried to both give instructions, and get the team more excited and ready for the second half.
Coming out of halftime, Northview was both ready and willing to take it to Crawfordsville, as their play was noticeably more physical. They were also more aggressive in the second half, with Webster attempting yet another shot.
Although their shots just weren't hitting all their targets, Trennel was pleased with the performance.
"I think (Northview) played very well tonight," Trennel said. "They executed the things that were focused on in practice."
Northview played hard on defense the second half, communicating better around the field. At the 12-minute mark, Stearley once again made a play for the Knights, scoring Northview's second goal. Libby Deckard had the assist on the second tally.
With five minutes left in the game, the Knights struck again as Webster scored her second goal of the game, with Stearley assisting. That pushed the gap to a 3-1 lead for Northview. Crawfordsville wouldn't be able to recover as the home Knights kept consistent pressure on for the last few minutes of the game.
Northview's next challenge is an away game against Terre Haute North Vigo High on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Nv -- Lauren Webster (Krista Stearley)
C -- Haley Horner
Nv -- Stearley (Libby Deckard)
Nv -- Webster (Stearley)
Next game: Northview(1-0) goes to Terre Haute North Vigo on Thursday at 5 p.m.