Times Staff Reporter
Sophomore Zach Rodgers dribbled the ball down the side of the field, Cascade players not far behind, with a minute to go in the game as the stands suddenly became electric. Rodgers attempted the game-winning goal, but Cascade was ultimately able to keep the ball out of the net.
It was a hard-fought game where any lapses in concentration could have cost either team a goal. The Knights played valiantly, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw. Northview head coach Don Bryan was pleased with the result.
"Cascade has had our number the last couple of years," Bryan said. "(Northview) came back here and played as well as they have played all season."
The game started out evenly matched, with fantastic defense on both sides of the field. But the Cadets drew first blood with 15 minutes left in the first half as sophomore Daljot Bajwa found a way to get the ball past Northview's defense.
Cascade's lead lasted 12 minutes before Knight junior, Nick Ross, scored a goal with Mark Underwood assisting.
Northview went into halftime with a 1-1 tie, and all the momentum going their way.
But early in the second half, Cascade showed how badly they wanted the win in Brazil. The Cadets were considerably quicker and took better angles to the ball, starting with a quick shot attempt just one minute in.
The ball looked like it was going in from all angles until it barely bounced against the top of the goal.
When the Knights finally did get a chance to score, Cascade junior goalkeeper Avery Franklin made great plays to keep Northview from scoring.
"He is obviously not the tallest kid on the field, not the quickest kid on the field," Bryan said. "But he worked and I think that shows and boom, puts the ball in and that bodes well for him."
The Knights' lead was good for a minute until Cascade slipped one right past Northview, tying the score at 2-all.
It was Rodgers's turn to make a play for the Knights. Getting by one challenger, then another, Rodgers was soon face-to-face with Cascade's goalkeeper. Rodgers dribbled up to the goalkeeper, hoping to get him to blink first. After what felt like an eternity, Rogers reared his leg back to kick the winning goal. However, the shot was perhaps a bit too late. The ball only traveled a few feet before the Cascade goalkeeper dove on it. Neither team would get any closer than that in the last minute, as time expired, ending the game in a draw, 2-2.
Northview (0-3-1) plays again Wednesday evening at West Vigo High School at 6:30 p.m.
C -- Daljot Bajwa
NV -- Nick Ross
NV -- Dylan Dyer
C -- Michael Ferguson